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Dianne Louise Bricker

February 6, 1951 — January 24, 2024

Downingtown

Dianne L. “Dandy” Bricker, age 72, of Downingtown, PA, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2024 surrounded by family in the home of her sister.  Her energy, intelligence, creativity and spirit will be missed by all who knew her. 

 

She was born in Lancaster, PA to the late Walter K. and Gladys (née Buck) Bricker. She is survived by her sister, Lin Kilburn; brother in law, Thomas Kilburn and their two daughters Lindsay Kilburn Campbell (Scott) and Whitney Witczak (Kyle). She was a fun loving Great Aunt to Lily and Tyler Witczak and Anya, Everett, and Cormac Campbell. She was predeceased by her loving partner of 10 years, Joe Hadley.


She grew up in Marion, Indiana where, among other activities, she excelled in high school as the editor of an award winning yearbook and a cheerleader. She graduated from Purdue University in 1973 with a degree in Radio, TV and Film and then backpacked around Europe returning to the US with only $21 in her pocket.


She began her career in Public Relations and Communications working for hospitals in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio. She then continued her commitment to the medical field by working with The Medical Society in Cincinnati and later the Medical Society in Washington, DC. She completed her career directing government relations in eleven states for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). While living and working in the DC area she supported many neighbors, friends and family as well as volunteering in the community. 


Upon retirement in 2017, she moved to Downingtown, PA to be closer to family. She poured her heart, energy and skills into volunteering. As an art lover, she enjoyed serving as a Gallery Ambassador and “Critter” creator at the Brandywine Museum of Art. She also loved volunteering at People’s Light Theater and was the Chairperson for their annual fundraising Gala in 2023. She was very dedicated to Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown where she became a Trustee. She was involved with mission trips to Houston and North Carolina, organized the first Blessing of the Animals, and was the Church Photographer.

 

Dianne lived life to the fullest. Among her adventures were two Outward Bound courses in North Carolina and the Canyonlands of Utah, white water rafting in West Virginia and Colorado, horseback riding camp in Missouri, skydiving, swimming with dolphins, and Road Scholar Programs. She was often seen wearing her trademark overalls and Converse sneakers. She loved naps in a hammock, old movies, time with family, spirited debates, walks with her beloved dog Goldie, Haagen Daz Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Peepers glasses and anything black and white. Her life was a blessing to all who knew her. 

 

Relatives and friends are invited to her Celebration of Life on February 5, 2024 at the Central Presbyterian Church, 100 West Uwchlan Ave, Downingtown. PA 19335. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 am with the service following. Interment will be private. 

 

Dianne loved to support her nieces in their work, so in lieu of flowers, she asked that you consider a donation in her memory to The Peacemaker Center (https://www.thepeacemakercenter.org/giving) or Children’s National Hospital, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (http://www.childrensnational.org/neuroonc).

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Visitation

Monday, February 5, 2024

9:30 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Central Presbyterian Church

100 W Uwchlan Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335

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Celebration of Life

Monday, February 5, 2024

10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Central Presbyterian Church

100 W Uwchlan Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335

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