Dianne S. Curry, RN, BC, MSN, C, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020. Born in Hazelton on March 12, 1946, she was the eldest child of the late Anthony (Lindy) Swetz and Mary Ellen Kakalicek Swetz of Oneida, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth M. Curry; sister, Susan Kitlan and her husband, Emil of Evans, GA. Numerous nieces and nephews. Dianne was predeceased by her husband Richard, her son Christopher, brothers Lawrence and David.
Dianne graduated from West Hazelton High School in 1963. She received her Nursing Diploma in 1966 from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, and a Bachelors and Masters of Nursing from College Misericordia in 1987 and 1992, and a member of The Honors Society throughout. Her last position held was in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District as a school nurse. Dianne was a member of the Luzerne County Nurses Association. She was also a member of the PA Nurses Association where she served as Secretary, Legislative Chair, and then President. Also, with the PA Nurses Association, she was elected to three terms on the nominating committee. Dianne served on the PA Political Nursing Network, and two terms on the PSNA Board of Directors, as Secretary.
As member of The American Nurses Association, Dianne was nationally board certified as a Community Health Nurse, with a specialty in School Nursing. She served on The American Nurses Credentialing Centers’ Committee of the School Nurse Exam and lastly, on Chair of the Board of Credentialing for Community Health Nursing.
As a member of PSNEA she actively served on the local and state levels. As a member of the Northeast Region of the Department of Pupil Services, School Nursing Section, she served as President of the Region and served a term as Vice President of the State Nursing Section.
Dianne published several articles in the Pennsylvania Nurses Association Journal and was a member of Who’s Who in American Nursing. She was an advocate for nursing and a leader among her peers. Dianne loved learning, valued education and was a very loving and caring person.
Dianne volunteered at Hospice of the Sacred Heart for more than ten years and the Sister’s of Mercy. She cherished Misericordia University and was a member of the Alumni Association and Chair of Development and Marketing Committees. She received the Alumni Medallion in 2012 for Proficiency in Nursing Practice.
For the last year, her daughter Elizabeth, was always present in her time of need. She wishes to express her gratitude to Dr. Patrick Kerrigan, and Hospice of The Sacred Heart for their exceptional care. Thank you is not enough for all you have done. I know during this difficult time, you are all grieving with me.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 6 PM-8PM, on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in the Chapel at Mercy Hall, 24 Founders Circle, Dallas PA 18612.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020, at 11 AM in the Chapel at Mercy Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, or a donation may be made in Dianne’s memory to Misericordia University, Office of Development, 301 Lake Street, Dallas PA 18612
Arrangements by Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc. Wilkes-Barre.
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