Published in The Washington Post on May 9, 2012
DIANA T. MARIANO September 11, 1931 - May 12,
2012 It is hard to have one less person who loves you
in this world. Diana Mariano, 80, whose love will be
greatly missed by her children, grand-children, and
Great-grandchild, passed gently in her sleep at the
Fairfax nursing home in Fort Belvoir on May 4, 2012 in
the presence of her family.
Diana was born September 11, 1931, to Anacleto and
Mildred Murphy Parcon. She graduated from Anacostia High School in 1950 and
went on to begin her career as a military personnel officer. Diana began as a GS-5
clerk typist in the Department of the Navy, eventually working her way up to GS-14
Classifications Specialist for the Department of the Army. During the course of her
career, Diana earned numerous awards from both the Department of the Army and
the Department of the Interior.
As an active and involved parent, Diana volunteered as a charter member and
president of the Oxon Hill Drum Corps & Majorettes Executive Committee. Diana
lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area for many years before her
retirement. Lately a resident of the Independence Hill Retirement Community in San
Antonio, Texas, Diana returned to the D.C. area last year to be closer to her children.
Being with family was always one of Diana's favorite things in life. Diana's hands
were always busy crocheting beautiful afghans for her many grandchildren or
beading necklaces for her many friends. Family and friends will miss her energetic
opinions on sports, culture, music, politics, current events and the finer things in life.
Despite her physical limitations, Diana enjoyed travel and visited Central America,
Italy, Switzerland, London, and France.
She is survived by her five children, Cynthia Peed of Alexandria, VA, Marciano
Mariano of Ellicott City, MD, Nancy Kudla of San Antonio, TX, Mildred Camacho of
Dover, NH, and Theresa Jamerson of Centreville, VA; one sister, Gloria Kaluzienski
of Leesburg, VA, twelve grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Relatives and friends may call at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan
Drive, Alexandria, VA on Saturday, May 12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. when a funeral
service will be held.