It is with great sadness that we share the news that my mom, Diane Marie Majka Coan, 75, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022, in Gilbert, AZ. She was born in Chicago, IL, on August 4, 1947, to Robert and Helen Majka.
We are heartbroken, but all the family was here in Arizona to share her last days and comfort her until her pain was over. If you knew Diane (our mom), you know she was a beacon of light and positivity and she had a remarkable joy for life. She was vibrant, fun, smart, savvy, and creative. She loved her family fiercely and was at every event where we played, were honored, or performed, often volunteering at the events. She was generous with her time and warm and welcoming to everyone she met.
She was retired from mortgage underwriting, where she had been a well-respected manager, mentor, and leader for many years.
She loved Disney (especially Winnie the Pooh) and casinos and taking road trips with Paul Coan, her husband of 53 years. She loved to garden, read mysteries, and watch game shows with my dad. She loved her little dog, Chica, and all the pets we’ve all had over the years.
She and Dad moved to Arizona about a year ago to enjoy the warmth and to be near Jeanne and her family.
Diane is survived by her loving husband, Paul Coan; daughters, Cynthia Coan and Jeanne Coan Sayas (Tony); grandchildren, Nicholas Sayas, Adriana Erickson, Samantha Sayas, and Matthew Erickson.
She didn’t want a funeral, but she wished for a celebration of her life with people sharing pictures and memories.