BOYLSTON—Diane Jean (Dalton) Hersey, 67, of Boylston, died on Friday, April 29 after a short illness, with her family by her side. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, John H. Hersey; three children: Krista L. Gransewicz of Clinton, Sean P. Hersey of Tucson, Ariz., and Michael J. Hersey and his wife Caitlyn of Worcester; two siblings: William C. Dalton and his wife Sharon of Phillipston, and Ginny A. Menard and her husband Paul of Kennebunk, Maine; three grandchildren: Sebastien, Alythea, and Alexa; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Charles A. and Marilyn Jean (Kimball) Dalton.
Diane graduated from Tahanto Regional High School in Boylston and Worcester State College. After graduating, she worked at State Mutual, where she met her husband, John; they married in 1980 at the Chapel at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. After dedicating herself to raising her children full-time, she went back to school and returned to the workforce as an optical technician at Fallon Medical, retiring in 2015.
She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, and loved cooking for her family and friends, including "Nana Di's famous crunchy mac & cheese" and sausage bread. Summers were spent at Mousam River Campground in Kennebunk, Maine, going to the beach, riding on the back of the Harley with John, and enjoying sunsets from the deck of the Menards's house. Diane enjoyed traveling with John, including visiting their son Sean in Arizona, taking cruises, and vacationing to Costa Rica and Aruba. Diane was adventurous and curious, and loved experiencing new places and exotic food. She was a lover of nature and animals, and spent many hours walking her dogs Beefy and Banyan in the woods behind her house.
Diane was a loving, welcoming person who made friends everywhere she went. She brought laughter and happiness into the lives of her family, friends, and everyone she encountered, and she will be greatly and sadly missed.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 at The First Congregational Church, 10 Church Street, Boylston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Diane's name may be made payable to the First Congregational Church of Boylston, for its Ukrainian Relief Fund.