Diane Lenore Coperthwaite of Gilsum passed away peacefully at home on August 29th after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 90 years old. She was born August 22, 1928 in New London, Connecticut, the daughter of Dr. William D. Taylor and Lenore G. (Elwood) Taylor.
She attended Upsala College in East Orange, NJ and the University of Hartford. She lived in Bristol and New Britain, Connecticut and Lehigh, Florida. In her thirties she studied to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, a career she pursued with great joy for more than forty years. Musically gifted, she was a church soloist and choir director and also sang at the World Day of Prayer concert in Hartford, Connecticut. Her glorious soprano voice graced many a gathering. Poetry was another avenue of endeavor and several of her poems were published in Yankee Magazine.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Walter W. Coperthwaite, and is survived by a daughter, Jeannine A. McConnell of Gilsum and son-in-law James W. McConnell of Swanzey, and a son, Keith A. LeBlanc and daughter-in-law Frances Peterson LeBlanc of Meriden, Connecticut, as well as a grandson, all of whom will cherish her memory.
Religious services and interment of ashes will take place in Connecticut at a later date. In keeping with Diane’s wishes donations can be made to the charity of one’s choice. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories. 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com