Diane Theresa Hart-Bowe, 68, beloved Mother, Wife, Sister, Aunt, Daughter, and Friend of Essington PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 12, 2021.
Born on October 5th 1952, Diane is the daughter of Agnes Theresa Hance and John Franklin Hart.
Diane grew up in Ridley Park, PA and was the eldest of six children who loved to share many happy and funny stories of their sibling adventures together.
Diane was a proud graduate of Notre Dame High School for Catholic girls, and made some of the best rosaries in Rosary Club!
A devout Roman Catholic, Diane was also a student of Ram Dass.
She was an avid hiker, camper, and explorer in her heyday, and a brilliant chef.
Diane is survived by her daughters Marsha of Los Angeles, CA; Kelly of Lafayette, CO; son Patrick of Boulder, CO; and husband John of Essington, PA.
Diane is also survived by her loving brother Joseph Hart, niece Jennifer Burke-Baker and her family.
There are a lot of moms and wives out there, but Diane is rare.
Headed on 42 years married, Diane taught those around her to enjoy the simple things in life and to live life to the fullest.
Diane modeled what Grace is, what kindness to others looks like, and nurtured those around her – helping anyone and everyone whenever she could.
Diane worked at Provident Bank in Springfield, PA where she participated in the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade with her kids.
Diane became a Bank Manager at PNC Bank and was beloved by all her customers and coworkers.
She was a top-notch Girl Scout Mom, spending many days and nights in the Tinicum Township Wawa with her daughters to sell Girl Scout cookies, going out for Earth Day, and having log-cabin sleepovers. She was a devoted Drummer Mom and Hockey Mom to her son and Band Mom to her daughter. Diane hosted ice cream parties at “What’s The Scoop” after her daughter’s sports practice. Diane hosted multiple jam sessions for her kids at home with beloved friends of the Bowe family – complete with a buffet, the blues, and the occasional Diana Ross record.
You probably knew Diane, too – affectionately nicknamed “Mermaid” by her friends. She drove the “Bowe Bus” pickup truck here, there, and everywhere! Chances are you were given a ride in the Bowe Bus, or even called her “your other mom” at one point. She’d been mistaken for an Uber Driver before, and still offered the customers a ride anyway. Diane could be spotted smiling and laughing with her friends at the Prospect Park Swim Club, Rita’s, the Fainting Goat, Erin Pub, Marsha Bowe’s Cedarvale Winery, and in Cape May, NJ – to name a few hot spots. Diane loves her family and friends, flowers, the beach, the pool, Bourbon Manhattans, doo-wop music, and her doctors at Penn Medicine.
Diane was always thankful for a new day. She lived by three sayings:
“Everything has a shelf life.”
“People / places / things come into your life for a reason, season, or a lifetime.”
Diane’s mission was to raise a happy family. She excelled at and surpassed her life’s mission. Diane is a bright, beautiful soul, and always will be!
Due to Covid-19, a memorial service is postponed until further notice for everyones’ safety at this time.
Diane would want you to sing along to “Under The Boardwalk” by The Drifters in her honor.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Penn Medicine.
(1). Checks can be made payable to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania”.
(2). Please include a note with your donation for where contributions can be sent:
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Attn: Dr. Spratt, “Donation In Memory of Diane Bowe”
Heart & Vascular Pavilion, 2nd Floor, Suite 2C
51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(3). Send your contribution to the following address:
Penn Medicine Development
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104