Diana Marie Sconza Nielsen of Melbourne FL and Lake Mokoma and Montoursville in PA died on Monday, April 14th. She was hospitalized at the Florida Hospital in Orlando for the last of her several bouts of congestive heart failure (which turned out to be due to undiagnosed diffuse amyloidosis). She’d been hospitalized 14 times in the last year, initially for kidney obstructions, then for end stage heart failure. She spent the last 2 days of her life as always, giving to others: despite very little reserve energy, she spent Saturday with (grandson) Ethan and Sunday with (granddaughter) KK, trying to be “Grammy” one more time. Monday morning, with nothing left, she died.
Despite years of debilitating Crohn’s disease, she raised three great children (Jennifer Capayas, Julie Kinzey and Chris Nielsen), managed Craig’s medical practice and kept up 3 houses. She usually hid from everyone how lousy she so often felt and “soldiered on”. “You look so good” everyone would say.
She’s finally found the peace she craved. No more shortness of breath; no more pain.
She was an avid reader, home decorator and shopper for anything she overheard you liked. Her toughness and perseverance were an inspiration to so many who knew her.
At her bedside she kept a favorite saying: “we are not human beings living in a spiritual life; we are spiritual beings living a human life”.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, May 10th at The Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach with a luncheon to follow at David’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant (one block away). All are welcome.
A Memorial service will also be held at the Beach House of her beloved Lake Mokoma in LaPorte PA on her birthday, Sunday, July 6th at 5:30 pm; light refreshments to follow. All are welcome.
She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Sconza, sister Paula Heineman, stepfather Norman Rader, and stepsisters Deborah and Carol Rader.
She is survived by her mother, Shirley M. Rader, husband R. Craig Nielsen, daughters Jennifer L. Capayas, Julie Ann Kinzey and son Christian M. Nielsen as well as grandchildren Cailyn Kinzey and Ethan Capayas.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (ccfa.org) 733 Third Ave, Suite 510 NY, NY 10017 or The Amyloidosis Foundation (Amyloidosis.org) 7151 N. Main St Suite 2, Clarkston, MI 48346