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Obituary: Diane Renee (Gendreau) Wholey, 56

Jul 03, 2018 06:00AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Diane Renee (Gendreau) Wholey

Diane Renee (Gendreau) Wholey, 56 years young, beloved wife of Timothy Wholey, passed peacefully on July 1st at her home, surrounded by her loving family, following the fight of her life. 

Diane was born on May 3, 1962 in Lowell MA. She was the fifth daughter of the late Paul and Pauline (Chandonnet) Gendreau. She graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1980 and began her first job at Raytheon, where she met the love of her life and best friend, Tim. The two got married on April 19, 1986 in Lowell MA and started their family, the driving force and shining light of Diane’s life.

Diane was a devoted employee of L’Hussier Insurance and Tax Service for the past 34 years. She loved every moment of interacting and building relationships with clients over the years.
Diane loved spending summers at her home in Wells, Maine. Moody Beach will always be “her happy place.” She loved to travel with her family and looked forward to planning her annual vacation to Aruba with her four sisters each January.

Diane played many roles in this life as devoted wife, mother, sister, coworker and friend. She was as loyal as they come. She will be remembered for her unwavering positivity and big, bright smile, even through life’s challenges. 

Diane is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Tim; daughter Caitlin Lauring and her husband Peter of Boxborough MA; son Ryan and his girlfriend Cassandra Travaglini of Pelham NH; and daughter Erin Sharry and her husband Ryan of Amesbury MA. Diane spent her last week on this earth falling in love with her first grandson and the apple of her eye, Patrick Joseph Lauring, born on June 22, 2018. Diane is also survived by four sisters; Lorraine Carbonneau of Dracut MA; Gloria Giantonio of Leesburg FL; Louise Kennedy of Lowell MA; and Susan Garanito and her husband Rick of Dracut MA. She also leaves behind many treasured nieces, nephews and dear friends. Diane was predeceased by her parents, mother and father in law, Matthew and Mary (Sullivan) Wholey, brother Paul Gendreau, brothers in law Raymond Carbonneau and Paul Giantonio and longtime friends David L’Hussier and Helen Munson. 

ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in loving memory of Diane R. Wholey to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Friends of the MGH Cancer Fund, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. A special thank you to Diane’s caregivers at MGH, Lunder Building 8th Floor Neuro-Oncology unit, for their compassion and support for Diane and her family in their most difficult days. Please celebrate Diane’s life during calling hours Thursday July 5th 4-8 PM at Dracut Funeral Home, 2159 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut MA. A funeral mass will be held Friday July 6th at 10 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, 144 East Merrimack Street, Lowell MA. Burial to follow at Gibson Cemetery in Pelham NH. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit, or find us on Facebook under “Dracut Funeral Home."
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