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Diane Marie (Skwirut) Waechter

January 9, 1952 ~ April 23, 2021 (age 69)

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Diane Marie Waechter

Beloved Wife, Mother, Sister and Aunt, 69


Mrs. Diane Marie (nee Skwirut) Waechter, 69, of Belleville, NJ, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021 after a brief bout with cancer. Visitation will be at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue on Friday, April 30 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.   The funeral will be conducted on Saturday, May 1 at 8:00 a.m.  There will be a funeral mass celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield at 9:00 a.m.  The cremation will be held privately.


Mrs. Waechter was born in Newark, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Belleville.  Diane was known for her bright red hair, infectious laugh, and profound love of family.  She earned a Teacher’s Degree from Felician College in Lodi.  Diane spent four decades teaching at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Irvington, Our Lady of Sorrows School in Kearny, St. Stephen’s School in Kearny, and several schools in the Lyndhurst public school system.  After her career in teaching she was employed at Abbot’s Drugs in Belleville.  Diane loved films in which children overcame adversity through music and, in the spirit of Sister Act 2, often reminded her students that “If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention”. 


Diane is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 40 years William Waechter; her loving children Jason Flint and his wife Laura, and JoEllen Notte; her beloved sister Linda Bodden and her husband James; and her cherished nieces and nephews Brian and Michele Skwirut, Michael and Sheri Bodden, Janine Bodden, Alexa Dashko, Morgan Dashko, and also her dear countless cousins and friends.


She is predeceased by her parents Eddie and Susie (nee Ferraro) Skwirut, her brother Edward Skwirut and his wife Mary, her dear friend and co-parent Gary Notte, and a long line of much-loved dogs. 


Diane will live on in the memories of her loved ones, in the lives of the recipients of her organ donation, and in the minds of her many dear students.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society,, the Alzheimers Association,, the North Shore Animal League,, the Brain Behavior Research Foundation,, or to the National Alliance of Mental Illness,



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April 30, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Biondi Funeral Home
540 Franklin Avenue
Nutley, NJ 07110

Funeral Mass
May 1, 2021

9:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
60 Byrd Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003


American Cancer Society

Alzheimer's Association

North Shore Animal League
25 Davis Avenue, Port Washington NY 11050

Brain Behavior Research Foundation

National Alliance of Mental Illness Foundation

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