Diane R. Holland


Rush NY:  October 28, 2015.  Proceeded in death by her parents, Peter Trach, and Rita Sierks and step-father Kurt Sierks.  Diane was a retired Monroe County Deputy Sheriff.  She leaves behind her partner of 33 years, Stephen Winner, of Rush, NY.  His children, Robert Winner (Lana) of Cheney, Washington, grand son Jase and Grand daughter Jonelle and Kari Winner Reed, of Richardson, Texas. Grand sons Zane and Ryder.  She is survived by her daughter, Lauri Sue Holland; her Grand daughters Amber Wing of Peekskill, NY; Chelsea Weber of Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Nichole Tondryck, of Honeoye Falls, NY.

Dear Friends and Extended Family.

On Saturday, 24 October, I came home from a memorial service, to find Diane down on the garage floor. A quick check identified a probable stroke, including unintelligible speech. HVA and RFD responded quickly, and HVA/RFD personnel got her to Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, with great dispatch.

Upon arrival, hospital staff went to work, attempting the magic that they are renowned for. After intubation, stabilization, and imaging, she was moved to ICU.

The strokes (5) were catastrophic, and devastating. With constant monitoring, and evaluation, consultation with Neurology staff, it was determined that she could not recover from these strokes and would be blind and in a vegetative state, if she survived the next few hours, and that the likelihood of survival as a functional, human being, was slim to none.

Her daughter, grand daughters, and my son and daughter were all called in. Wednesday morning, 28 October 2015, my anchor, my foundation, my compass in life, left this world to join her parents and other loved ones in God’s home.  I am crushed, exhausted, and empty. She has given so much, to so many, and now she is gone. Her devotion to Lauri Sue, through Lauri’s several brain tumors, and through years of follow-up, shows the love of a wonderful, caring, mother.  Her love of her grand daughters, and great grand children was deep. She was so proud of the kids and was constantly sharing photos of them with whomever she was conversing.

The family and I wish to thank all who have contacted us, in particular our HVA family, Rush Fire, Gates Pipe Band, MCSO, and finally our MILWIT family. Your prayers and well wishes have meant so much.

Per Dianes’ instructions, there will be no funeral and her remains will be cremated and scattered in the spring.  On Saturday, 31 October, from 1300 to 1600, the family will host a reception at Rush Fire Station #1, 1971 Rush-Mendon Road. Anyone wishing to stop by, have a cup of coffee, and reminisce is welcome to join us. Might even be a piper or two.

God Bless my love, my Diane!

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300, RochesterCremation.com

4 Condolences

  1. Ed & Jeanie Torgersen on October 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Our thoughts & Prayers are with you all always. Diane is a ANGEL in Heaven now like she was on earth.
    Dear friend you will be missed someday we all will rejoice in the present of our Heavenly Father Jesus Christ .

  2. Jack & Joan De Bell on October 31, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Our dear friend of many years. We have shared a lot of laughter, dinners and fun times over those years. May God bless the family and friends who must bear your passing, for you will be missed by all you have come in contact with. You’re with the heavenly family who preceded you along with Heidi… God Bless you. Thank you for coming into our lives so many years ago…

  3. Starr on November 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Your answer lifts the ineigleltnce of the debate.

  4. Lori Mulligan Davis on April 5, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I am writing for my cousin Gale Milligan Keil, who is not computer literate, who asked me to look up Diane for her and was saddened to hear of her passing. She says, “I am so sad to find that my friend Diane has passed. Though we only knew each other in person briefly when we met on Long Island, Diane was so faithful keeping in touch with lovely letters at Christmas every year. Steve, you might remember talking with me on the phone. But even if you don’t, please know that I will always remember kind Diane and loved our yearly contact. God bless you all.”

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