Diane L. DeCosta (MacLean), 59, of Gloversville, N.Y., passed away on August 27, 2012, after a heroic battle with ALS. She was born September 16, 1952, in Boston, Mass.
Before being diagnosed with ALS, Diane was a patient service associate at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown/Cobleskill. She resided in Massachusetts up until 2001. She then moved to Cobleskill for seven years and finally to Johnstown/Gloversville for the last four years. Diane was incredibly talented with so many things. She inspired others with her paintings, drawings, crocheting and sewing. She was a master decorator at Christmas time and known for creating amazing homemade gingerbread houses complete with stained glass windows.
Diane's faith was very important to her. During the last year of her life it was her anchor and her lifeline. She always felt that God placed all the right people in her life at the right times. She spent the last 10 months residing at the Mountain Valley Hospice House, which both cared for her and enriched her final days. They became like family to her and her daughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John M. MacLean and Lillian M. Sullivan. Diane was survived by two daughters, Carin Fletcher and her husband, Lee of Cobleskill, and Eryn Brown and her husband, Jon of Woburn, Mass. Diane had four grandchildren, Chloe (10), Alana (9), Mandy (8), Jacob (3). She had two brothers and four sisters, Marilyn Chaulk of Florida, Janice Green of Massachusetts, Paul Griffin of New Hampshire, Traci Griffin of New York, Mark Griffin of New Hampshire; and also many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Mountain Valley Hospice House, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mountain Valley Hospice or The ALS Foundation.