Bernard B. Diana, 78, entered into rest on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at the Connecticut Hospice, Inc., Branford surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Mary Lou Eiber Diana for 58 years. Bernie was born in New Haven on August 24, 1933; son of the late Benjamin and Margaret DeStefano Diana and stepson of the late Ann Casolino Diana. He was the beloved father of Richard Diana and his wife, Kristine; Laura Madden and her husband, Peter; Scott Diana and his wife, Karen; and Catherine Richards and her husband, Bill. He was the loving grandfather of Ashley & Carolyn Madden, and Jordan & Colby Diana. Bernie was a graduate of Notre Dame High School. He served his country faithfully in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Following the war, he became an apprentice at Rundbaken Engraving Co. , Orange Street, New Haven and later became president of the company. He was a communicant of Church of the Resurrection. Bernie was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and golfer. He was a member of the Hunter’s Golf Club Seniors. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends.
His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Wednesday morning at 10:30. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Church of the Resurrection, Wallingford at 11:00. Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CT Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.