Diane May (deManbey) Duebber

NORFOLK — Diane May (deManbey) Duebber, 71, lost her valiant fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on June 20, 2019. Her courage and humility in the face of this devastating disease were greatly admired by her friends and family. 

Nicknamed “Dinny”, she was born Jan. 9, 1948, the third among seven children of Lyndsay and Claire deManbey of Norfolk.  Her natural born creativity as a singer, writer and artist made her a camp counselor favorite at Camp Maria Pratt when she was a teenager. 

Following her dream to become a teacher, she graduated from St. Mary’s College (South Bend, Ind.) and Western Connecticut University with a B.A. and M.A. respectively in education. For 20 years she was a beloved third grade teacher at Sharon Center School until, as a church soloist, she met the love of her life, the Rev. Robert Duebber. They were blessed with a daughter, Lyndsay Rose, who became the center of her joy. 

Dinny followed her husband to congregations in Marion, Mass., Thompson, Conn., and Westminster, Mass., until they settled recently in Sharon, where she became active in The Hawthorne Club and continued to tutor children.  

Her creative writing talent was reflected in her published book, “The Ed Letters,” which has won praise on Amazon.  

Dinny was thrilled to welcome her first grandbaby last month. 

She loved animals, particularly dogs, and had a close bond with her rescue dog, Toby.  

She was predeceased by her husband and leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Brian and Lyndsay de Camp and grandchild Atlas Blue of Crestone, Colo.; five siblings; and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

The family would like to thank friends Kathy, Claudia and Sally for their support, and the caring staff at Geer Village. 

She will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, kindness, caring, talents and loyalty.  

A celebration of her life takes place at the Falls Village Congregational Church at 3 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the ALS Foundation. 

Arrangements are under the care of the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.