MENLO PARK, Calif. — Diane DeBlois Ciardella of Menlo Park, Calif., passed peacefully Saturday, Jan. 12, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Despite her condition, she always enjoyed life, friends and family. Her positive attitude transcended into the community.

She was a passionate volunteer at the Menlo Atherton Co-op, Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools and the PTA. As a former Menlo Park library commissioner, she focused on the children’s section of the library renovation, ensuring an exciting and interactive experience.

She was born in Portland, Nov. 6, 1960, the daughter of Edgar and Evelyn Cote DeBlois, Diane graduated from Leavitt High Area School in 1979, where she led the cheerleading squad to a statewide championship. She also was class treasurer. She graduated from Becker Jr. College, Massachusetts, where she made the dean’s list in 1981. She began her career in the travel industry before moving to Menlo Park, Calif., with her family in 1991.

She is survived by her husband, Rick; daughter, Martina; parents of Greene; brother, David, and a nephew, Christopher of Leeds.

She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Lisa DeBlois.

The family wishes to thank Nancy Craven and Nancy Cote for their help during Diane’s visits to Maine.

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