Diana Louise Palmer, 86, of Westport, born to Nicholas Pellegrino and Elvira Iaizzi Pellegrino on December 29, 1936 in Norwalk, Diana died peacefully in her home with her children by her side on April 4, 2023. Diana was the younger of two children. Her brother, John, predeceased her. She grew up in New Canaan and Stamford and lived in Darien for over 50 years. Diana was a dedicated mother of five children. Diana graduated from Mother of God Academy in Stamford and attended Our Lady of Good Counsel College in White Plains. Diana was a Catholic woman of prayer and loved her family. Diana really enjoyed life including cruises and the occasional trip to Mohegan Sun. She was an avid reader, knitter and enjoyed watching movies. Those who knew her knew not to call during The Price is Right.
Diana worked as a switchboard operator and later worked for Georgia Pacific, General Reinsurance and Norelco in accounting roles. She worked for the former Coppola Shop in Stamford. To support her family, she worked in various domestic positions throughout the years.
Diana is survived by her children, Frank A. Palmer and Deborah A. Palmer of Stamford, Alison Palmer Gaston of West Haven, and April L. Richter and her husband, Albert, of Westport. Her beloved son, Stephen M. Palmer, predeceased her. Diana is also survived by four grandchildren, Ash Richter of Nashville, Tennessee, Nicholas Richter of Westport, and Nicole Gaston and Alex Gaston of West Haven.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bridget of Ireland Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien.
The family would like to thank the staff of Stamford Hospital for their loving and attentive care during her stay there.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Diana’s memory to the American Cancer Society https://donate.cancer.org.
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