Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 2, 2013

Dianne M. Avery

TRAVERSE CITY — Dianne loved the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Her son Kyle said, “Mom wouldn’t have to earn her wings, as the Angels would just put them on her as soon as she arrived in Heaven, a perfect fit.”

Dianne was born on Aug. 9, 1952, and was 61 when she was called by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sept. 27, 2013. She will be deeply missed by her husband, Larry; sons, Justin (Alicia) and Kyle; as well as by her family members and so many friends.

Dianne is survived by her mother, Delores Treesh, of Kendallville, Ind.; brother, Doug (Kim) Treesh, of Kendallville; and sisters, Denise Tedeschi (Nick), of Jensen Beach, Fla., and Debbie (Jeff) Carter, of Indianapolis, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her father, Don.

Dianne loved the arts. She was active in her high school musical theater productions as well as a singer and dancer in Kendallville’s Changing Seasons performing troupe. She was a member of the Ball State University Singers, where she met her husband, Larry. They became part of the original Schussycats at Schuss Mountain in the early ‘70s and later toured the United States with the traveling show band ”Park Avenue.”

Larry and Dianne were married on Oct. 19, 1974.

Her artistic talents as a gifted singer and dancer gradually moved, through prayer and divine guidance, to painting. Dianne loved the holidays but Christmas was her favorite. For some 20 years Dianne made her living painting images of Santa Claus on driftwood from the Grand Traverse Bay, over 10,000 unique and original works of art.

Dianne was beautiful in every way, both inside and out, and her faith was endless. She delivered Meals on Wheels for decades, and at the end of each delivery day would revisit anyone on her route she thought needed some extra love from her that afternoon.

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