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Diane DeMent

Diane Kaski DeMent

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
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Obituary

Diane was born in Waukegan, IL on June 22, 1945 to Mary Helen and Lawrence Kaski. She grew up there with her younger sister, Jane Lee, graduating from Waukegan Township High School in 1963. She went on to attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where she studied languages and anthropology. She graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts and then attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School to further her studies in anthropology, focusing on the Plains Indians. It was there she and Ralph DeMent met.

Diane and Ralph left Philadelphia for Boston in 1969 where they lived in an apartment on Beacon Street overlooking the Boston Garden. They were married on August 23rd of that year in Waukegan and she started work at Wheelock College in the Admissions Department, where she focused on financial aid. Higher education financial aid would become the focus of her career as she moved on to The College Entrance Examination Board and Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority where she became a regional consultant on federal government regulations and policies for financial aid, helping colleges and parents understand the complexities of the everchanging requirements for financial aid.

In 1971, Diane and Ralph moved to Sudbury MA, where their children Michelle and James were born at Emerson Hospital and in 1977, they moved to Boxborough, MA to raise their family.

Diane spent the next 43 years building a beautiful family and surrounding herself with friends and missions that spoke to her heart.

Diane was active in her devotion to the World Wildlife Fund and was a champion in the support of all animals in the wild. She channeled her earlier schooling and took a specialized interest in the Native American culture. Diane recently had the opportunity to travel across country and bear witness to the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills. Her dedication to small, specialized organizations, like the Saint Labre Indian School, allowed her to lend the care and compassion she was known for to those in need.

Diane was active in local town government as a member of several committees including the Boxborough Finance Committee, as well as spending numerous years as a volunteer both at the Boxborough Town Hall and at Emerson Hospital. She was active in the United Church of Christ, Congregational of Boxborough, where she was an integral member of the choir as well as the Call to Care Team, where she was so focused on the concerns and challenges of others in the congregation, finding ways to reach out and stay in touch.

Diane raised her children, alongside her husband of 51 years, with fond memories of summers on the Cape, road trips to visit family in Connecticut, adventures into all sorts of coastal living and holiday traditions that she passed down to her grandchildren. Diane made sure that no matter where her family was located, she would always send a handwritten card or spend a few minutes on Facetime.

Diane passed away on October 7, 2020 with her husband by her side. She was a wonderful woman, full of wit and delight, and will be missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Diane’s name may be made to St. Labre Indian School, www.stlabre.org or the World Wildlife Fund, www.worldwildlife.org.

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Elaine Boyden Dupuis

Posted at 12:54pm
We are saddened by Diane's passing and will truly miss her smile and sense of humor - she was always fun to be around. Sending our love and prayers to Ralph and the DeMent family.
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Mary Robinson Whittemore

Posted at 02:08pm
Diane surely deserves to rest in peace. It has been over 50 years since Diane, Cindy Garni and I were the "3 musketeers" of sorts in the Admissions office at Wheelock College. Those are the ties that bind. I am especially pleased to read that Diane could enjoy the arrivals and lives of Avery, Torsten, Callan, Oskar, Scott and Elizabeth. I send my special condolences to you, Ralph.
With kind regards. Mary Robinson Whittemore
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