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Louis “Lou” Richard Diana, age 74, of Frankfort, entered into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, October 12, 2017. At the time of his passing, which occurred at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, he was surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Utica, on January 13, 1943, Louis was the son of the late Joseph and Alvera (DeMarco) Diana. Raised and educated locally, he graduated from T.R. Proctor High School in 1961. Following his graduation, Louis enlisted in the U.S. Army and, for a time, was stationed at Ft. Benning, GA serving as MP (Military Police). Upon his discharge from the Armed Services, he enrolled in cosmetology school at Utica School of Beauty Culture, graduating at the top of his class. In a primarily female dominated profession, at that time, Louis excelled. He enjoyed great success and an accomplished career as a gifted stylist and salon owner that spanned almost 50 years. In October, 1967, he was joined in marriage with Margaret (Marge) Peters, from which came the blessing of two loving sons and many years of loyal friendship, which continued until the very day of Marge’s passing in 2005. In 1986, Louis relocated to Sarasota, FL for almost a decade where he continued his success as a stylist. Through the years, Louis became a well-known local businessman, owning and operating several successful establishments, from pizzerias and restaurants, to night clubs and taverns. But by far, Lou’s greatest success and achievement in life was his family. His tireless devotion and matchless love for his family was no more evident than the unbreakable bond he shared with his two sons. They were the center of his universe, and he theirs. As a Dad, his undying love for his children was unparalleled. He cherished his children and his grandchildren, and relished the time spent with them. Quite simply, his life epitomized fatherhood in far too many ways to count. Lou was also the truest of friends. His friendship was endearing and real to all those who were blessed to know him. His generous, selfless spirit impacted the lives of countless people - family, friends, and strangers alike. Whether it was the smallest of favors or the largest of requests, Lou was always there. His nature was warm and welcoming. He carried himself with poise and grace and style. He was meticulous in his dress, a true gentleman of class. Louis was always engaging and approachable. Once you met him, you could never forget him and he would make it a point to remember you. Lou lived life to the fullest with passion and vigor, yet found satisfaction in simple, everyday pleasures. As a young man, many summers were spent with loved ones creating fond, lasting memories at the family camp situated on Canadarago Lake in Richfield Springs. While living in Sarasota, he adored Siesta Key and St. Armand’s Circle; he was a Harley Davidson enthusiast who, in his leisure time, loved to ride. Lou was also a longtime, loyal fan of the New York Yankees and loved to watch football, boxing, and especially Fox News. True to his heritage, Louis also espoused a culinary bent. Growing up in the shadow of his mother’s Italian kitchen, and having spent many years working at the family-owned Tally-Ho Restaurant in Richfield Springs, as well as the Original Grimaldi’s Restaurant in Utica, Lou developed a love for cooking and fine Italian food.

Louis is survived by his two sons, Joseph and his wife, Melissa (Croniser) Diana, of Holland Patent; Michael Diana and Patty Roback, of Utica; an adopted son, David Smith, and Lou’s beloved grandchildren, Joseph Louis and Gabriella Margaret Diana, and Louis Alexander Diana. Lou’s survivors also include his beloved sister, Diane (Diana) Abraham, a nephew, Michael Abraham; a niece, Mary Abraham and her children, Michael and Vyncenzo, all of Utica. In addition, he is survived by Debbie Bentley, with whom he shared a special relationship for 37 years. Lou will be missed by his cousins, Anthony and Marie Diana (Utica and FL), and their son Anthony Diana, Jr. and partner Michelle McCalla (FL) and daughter Melanie Calo and husband Frank (NY); Josephine Kenyon (Utica and MD); Virginia Miller (Utica); Dick Miller (FL); Mark and Betsy Parkinson (Utica); Doug and Mary Teresa Leahy (Utica); Joseph Pepperine (Utica) and Mary Rose Diana (FL) and children John Pepperine (FL) and Jennifer Winton (GA); Franny Diana and wife Josie (FL); children Franny Diana, Jr., and Dina Diana-Rizo and husband Armando (FL); Hank and Betty Diana (NY); Barbara Yerdon (Utica); Scott and Gabe Yerdon (NY); Jeanette DeCicco and daughter Robin Hellinger (Utica); the entire Yacobelli family (FL), and cousin Michael Macchione (Utica). Surviving, lifelong friends, whom Louie loved, include Matthew Cuda (Utica and NV); Joseph Tebsherany (NY); Louis, and wife, Sharon Roefaro (Utica); the Crocilla family (Utica); Tim Sweezey (Utica), Richard Vatalaro, Sr. (Utica), and son Rich Vatalaro (Utica), and many more throughout the years.

Louis is predeceased by his cousin Richard “Dick” Yerdon; his brother, Anthony “Dixie” Diana (AZ), his former wife, Margaret (Peters) Diana; his brother-in-law, Michael Abraham; special friends, Al “Bobey” Salerno, Joe “Zack” Tebsherany, Frank Grippe, and Ronnie Santino.

Special thanks extended to Tina and crew at St. Luke’s Home dialysis center; George Spohr, PA of Barneveld Medical Office; Dr. Emile Wassel and the staff of Kidney & Hypertension Consultants; Dr. Lawrence Semel and the staff of Vascular Surgeons of CNY; Dr. Michael Sassower and the staff of CNY Cardiology; the Chiffy and Femia families of Parkway Drugs and to the loving, compassionate care provided by those special nurses and techs, too many to name, of St. Luke’s Home, Lutheran Home, and St. Elizabeth’s CTICU and ICU.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial with Military Honors on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Historic Old St. John’s Church. Private interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. There are no calling hours but the family will receive visitors following mass.
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Mike,Patti and family. So sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Written by Linda Roberts
2017-10-18 12:19:57 AM

Can't even think of the words to say how much you meant to me. You always be lived in me and I will always remember you. God bless Kay

Written by Catherine McCullen/Yacobelli
2017-10-18 1:49:24 PM

Can't even think of the words to say how much you meant to me. You always beleaved in me and I will always remember you. God bless Kay

Written by Catherine McCullen/Yacobelli
2017-10-18 1:52:08 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family of Lou Diana. I lived next to Lou for 7 years in Frankfort and he was always a pleasure to talk to. He would throw a wave or beep the horn in passing just to let you know he saw you.

Written by Marie Temple
2017-10-18 2:27:26 AM

To the family; My deepest sympathy. I have many fond memories of growing up in the same neighborhood with Louie. The stories have been told for years and I am sure they will continue. Luckily, we remained friends over all the years. May your soul rest in peace my friend. Philip J. Scampone

Written by Philip Scampone
2017-10-18 4:28:01 PM

My deepest sympathy to Debbie and all the family. Louie was a long time friend and also an Army buddy of mine. We shared many good times in Georgia while on active duty in the 60s. We are sorry we are unable to attend his funeral mass as we will be out of town. Butch Ventura

Written by Ercole Ventura
2017-10-18 7:22:18 PM

Debbie & Family,May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Written by Thomas Saladino
2017-10-19 11:20:39 PM

i am so sorry for Louies passing..i will always remember the stories he told me when i gave him his manicures..he would amaze me, amuse me and sometimes shock me with his adventures in life.such a gentleman.i will truly miss him. Sue Dorsagno

Written by susan dorsagno
2017-10-19 11:37:44 AM

Dear Joe, Melissa & Diana family. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your father. I remember the great stories you used to tell us at work about your Dad. He will be remembered fondly. Sending sincere sympathy. God bless you all.

Written by Andrea & Ed McFadden
2017-10-19 2:17:50 PM

Joe and family, You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for the passing of your father, may he rest in peace and you enjoy the memories that you had with him. God Bless you and your family Mrs. Womack

Written by Jacqueline Womack
2017-10-19 4:26:56 PM

My condolences to the family of Louie Diana. My prayers are with you in this time of grief. To my old friend "Little Louis", I have only fond memories of you from our younger years. You were a blessed force of nature that charmed us all. The were the best of us!

Written by Ann Mancuso-Ayers
2017-10-19 9:41:17 PM

We are so very sorry for the loss of your Dad and Grandpa. Know that he is still watching over you all every day and he will always live on in your memories and in your hearts. God bless you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Written by Roback Family
2017-10-20 12:22:25 PM

Diane & Family Were so sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family

Written by Andy Convertino
2017-10-20 1:26:19 AM

Back in the 60's when there were dances for teens every week of the year there was a dancer that stood out as one of the best. Louie. Thanks for being my dance partner. Marie Tinelli Viti

Written by Marie Viti
2017-10-20 3:22:38 PM