Dorothy Roux Diana, 86, Vero Beach

Dorothy Roux Diana died Thursday, July 29, 2010.

Diana had just celebrated her 86th birthday on July 27. Survivors include her step-daughters, Shirley Roux Larson, of Dallas, Texas, and Carolyn Duffy, of West Palm Beach; seven grandchildren, Eric and Garrett Roux, of Sebastian, Lynn Shelhamer and Maureen Duffy, of Loxahatchee, Fla., John Duffy, of Lake Worth, Fla., Paul D. Larson Jr., of Dallas, Texas, and Pamela Burns, of Windsor, Conn.; and one great-grandchild, Jenna Grace Larson, of Dallas, Texas.

Diana is predeceased by her parents, Ethel and Edward Luchow; her brothers Louis and Roland Luchow; her son David Roux; and her husbands, Jack Diring, Bill Roux and Ralph Diana.

She was born in Pleasant Ridge, Mich., and grew up in and around Royal Oak, Mich. Diana and Jack Diring were married and settled in Michigan where they adopted their infant son, David. Jack died unexpectedly, leaving his young wife and their infant son.

She and David came to Florida in the late 1950s where she met and married Bill Roux. They settled in Tequesta, Fla. They moved to Freeport, Grand Bahamas, in the mid 1960s and remained there until the late 1970s. Upon returning to the States, Dottie lived in Vero Beach, where she ran a successful deli and catering business near the beach.

Bill later joined her and they settled in Sebastian, where Bill was a contractor. Dottie then started her career as a bookkeeper at Securities Research, Inc. in Vero Beach,  where she remained employed until her retirement in 2004.

Bill Roux died in late 1983. She then suffered the heartbreaking loss of her son David in early 1989.

Dorothy met Ralph Diana, then of Melbourne, Fla., through mutual friends at her beloved Polish American Club of Vero Beach. They married in August 1990 and remained happily married until Ralph’s death in April 2005.

Dottie was quite the woman and led a most fascinating and, at times, very difficult life. She loved to dance, laugh (what a laugh!) and work bingo at the Polish Club more than anything else in the world.

Through all of her triumphs and woes she always believed in the richness of life, the goodness of friends and the blessing of family. She lived everyday to its fullest and saw the best in everyone. She was one of a kind and she will be missed terribly by all who knew her and loved her. A Memorial Service is planned for Thursday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m., at Seawinds Funeral Home chapel, followed by a reception at the Elks Club, Sebastian.  Interment will be privately held at Sebastian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dottie’s memory to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Landover, MD, 20785.

Arrangements made by Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Sebastian, Florida. Condolences may be sent to www.Seawindsfh.com/obit.php.

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