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Diane L. Petracca


Diane L. Petracca “Chiefie” (nee Walsh), age 64 of Lincoln Park passed away peacefully on Monday, August 1, 2017 while receiving the loving care of her family.

Diane was born the only child to Edward and Dorothy Walsh in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1952. Although born in Jersey City, she grew up and spent her formative years in Rutherford. She attended St Mary RC High School in Rutherford and graduated with the class of 1970.

Following her graduation from high school she immediately set her sights on a career and enrolled at Lions Institute in Hackensack where she studied to become a Certified Dental Assistant. Her first job was at the dental office of Leonard M. Kovar located in Passaic. After several years working with Dr. Kovar, the practice was then taken over by another team of dentists named Press & Berman DDS who then moved the office to Clifton.  Diane continued working with them until her illness late in 2016 forced her to stop. Diane worked more than forty-six years at the same location.

As a young woman in St Mary’s High School, she would walk home from school and pass the Rutherford High School Track & Field area where the Rutherford students would run and have their meets. Day after day she saw a young man by the name of John Petracca running at the track, who would always flirt with her through the athletic field fence. Eventually, they met near the "wall"--a popular hang out spot for teenagers near a church on Park Avenue. Eventually, John got the nerve up to ask her out to the movies. They dated for a few years and, as fate would have it, they fell in love and were married on September 23, 1972 at St Mary’s RC Church in Rutherford.

Shortly after they were married, John and Diane moved to Lincoln Park. This is where they raised their two sons David and Matthew. John and Diane cherished forty-five years of loving and loyal marriage together. Throughout the years that David and Matthew were growing up, Diane was always by their side and encouraged them to participate in any and all sports they wanted. Diane was always by her children’s side to give them advice throughout their lives. Diane was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also especially fond of her Yorkie-Poo “Meadow”, who was always so happy to see her "mommy." She occasionally enjoyed sewing and knitting in her spare time. She loved taking the time to decorate her house and also enjoyed her daily soap operas such as “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives.” She was fond and took pride in how she decorated her house and also of her swimming pool, which she spent many a summer day beside. She was also proud to have owned her “Dream Car,” her Lincoln MKZ. Diane had a soft spot for Atlantic City and the NJ Lottery, and an even softer spot for slot machines. She loved taking trips down to AC and to the Pocono-area casinos. Aside from all of Diane’s interests, hobbies, and talents, there was no greater love for Diane than her family. Diane touched the lives of many people and will be sincerely missed by her family and friends alike.

Diane is survived by her husband John Petracca of Lincoln Park, two sons; Matthew Petracca and his wife Stephanie of Kinnelon, and David Petracca and his wife Diana of Wayne, two grandchildren, Natalie, and Amelia. Diane was pre-deceased by her parents Edward and Dorothy Walsh.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday August 4, 2017 from 4-8PM at VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne. Funeral services will be held 8:45AM on Saturday August 5th from the funeral home, then to St Joseph’s RC Church 216 Comly Rd, Lincoln Park where at 10AM a funeral mass will be celebrated.

Entombment will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus

Guest Book


My deepest sympathies to Uncle John, Matthew, David and family. Aunt Di will be incredibly missed and always loved. My life was blessed by having her play such a huge part in it. She truly was an angel on earth to all who had the privilege of knowing her. And now I know she is flying with the angels in heaven now. May you rest in the sweetest peace. You will live on in my heart full of memories forever. Love, Marissa

Marissa Partridge


Matt, we're so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Susan, Oscar and Victoria


Our deepest condolences to the family. Sincerely Renata , Ricardo , Victoria and Jonathon

Renata Pizzali


Our deepest sympathy Matt to you and your family, unfortunately we are away otherwise we would be there on Friday, please read out to me if you need anything at all.

Penny Maida-Smith


Deepest sympathies from our family to yours. Your Mom was a kind sweet lady So sorry Matt

Debbie Quattrocchi


John i am so sorry for you loss.

Terry Reilly


Dear John, Dave, Matt, and families, We are so sorry àbout Diane's passing. Ì (Diane) am so sad to lose my oldest and dearest friend and Joseph's godmother. The memories are precious and as you know there are many of them. Ì wish we could be there tomorrow and Saturday but with my injury I'm not able to travel that long from Colorado--I know you understand. God bless you all and take care of yourselves. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you have been all along. Love, Diane, Mick, and Joe

Diane Tuccillo


Deepest sympathies to you John and you family. We were shocked to find Diane's name in the obituary. I recently said to Deb I haven't seen John and Diane at Shoprite in quite a while. God bless and we are here if you need anything.

Debbie and Matt Spano


Prayers and love go out to the Petracca family. May she be at peace. Our hearts go out to David, Diana and their family. Franklin

Franklin Morales


Dear John, Our deepest condolences to you and the family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Ronzell & Tom

Ronzell Dundas


John, Matt and David. My heartfelt and deepest condolences goes out to all of you at this time.

Mark Spilewski


I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Recently I lost my dear mother, and found great comfort in the Holy Bible, like at Isaiah 25 verse 8 - "The Sovereign Lord will swallow up death forever, and wipe away the tears from all faces." Also at Revelation 21 verse 4, we find God's promise to remove both pain and death. For more comfort, I turn to the website at: (Search: Comfort)

Dennis Mathewson


You are my best friend, cousin, aunt to my boys, you are my sister. You took my heart the day I held you in my arms 65 loving years ago. Love you forever and always. Honey

Honey Montgomery


I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Diane sounds like a wonderful person and it is a blessing so many knew and loved her. May the memories carry you forward.

Lorena Vega



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