In Memoriam: Longtime Fair Havenite, VNA Hospice Volunteer, Diane Vigilante, 88

Longtime Fair Havenite and VNA hospice volunteer Diane B. Vigilante passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 12. She was 88.

The Fair Haven mom was known as a “very caring mother to her children” and, later, their spouses: Patricia and Robert, Frank and Nancy, John and Penny. “She adored her grandchildren, Abby, Hank, Rachel, Laura, Brooke, Steven, P.J., and Katie, and her great grandchildren Graham, Reid, Heidi, Hannah,” her loved ones said in her obituary.

Diane Vigilante … Photo/family via Thompson Memorial Home

“Diane worked for many years at VNA Health Group as a hospice volunteer, visiting patients who needed companionship. Diane was an avid reader and traveler.

“She made many trips to Italy, Sicily, Spain and other European countries. Other trips were to Antarctica, New Guinea, the Galapagos Islands, Japan and South America including a cruise down the Amazon.

“In the U.S., she and Frank spent a week rafting on the Colorado River and visited many states. They have belonged to the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club for many years. Their family hosted the crews of tall ships from Japan, Columbia, Italy, Indonesia and Germany during several Operation Sail events. They also supported a number of racehorses at Monmouth Park.”

Loved ones of Diane Vigilante in her obituary

More about Diane from her obituary …

Born in 1932 in Chicago, Diane was a child of the Great Depression and World War II. Her memories of the tough 30’s included many relatives coming to Chicago seeking work. During the war, she kept a Victory Garden to help feed the family.

Her parents, George Berg and Fannie (Jerina) Berg, moved west to Colorado Springs after the war where, after high school, Diane worked for Farmers Insurance as a secretary. She met her future husband, Frank, then in the Army, at a Camp Carson dance. Their marriage produced their three children: Patricia, Frank and John.  

Over the years, they lived in Brooklyn, Berkeley, CA, Piscataway, NJ Naperville, IL and finally settled in Fair Haven in 1970.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to VNAHG Hospice, 23 Main St, Holmdel, NJ 07733.

John Caroli
BCS Wealth Management