DIANE F. BIRCH

Age 68, passed away on November 3, 2016. She was born in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Frank and Anna (Malatesta) Masci. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Francis (Franny) Masci.

Diane was a legal secretary for De Luca, Julian and Walsh, Esq. and the State Board of Parole but spent most of her life taking care of her family. She was a talented seamstress who could do anything with a needle and thread. Most of the patch work wrap around skirts sold in high end woman’s shops around Wilmington in the 1980’s were sewn on her home sewing machine. She loved gardening and visiting Atlantic City. Diane was most happy organizing Christmas Bazaars and cooking outstanding meals for family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Arthur W. Birch III; her children, Brian A. Birch (Julie), Jason F. Birch and Cara A. Zelo (Matt); her grandchildren, Gillian, Beck, Colin, Andrew, Logan, Adam and Mia; her sister, Irma Minutola (James) and her brother, Louis Masci (Beth). Also, left to cherish her memory are numerous family and friends.

A Catholic Memorial Service will be held at the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington at 4:00 pm on Thursday November 10, where friends may greet the family from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Diane’s memory to the Helen Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE. 19713.