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Diane P. (Peraino) Cushman

May 6, 1946 ~ July 2, 2018 (age 72)

Diane P. Cushman, 72 of McMurray passed away on Monday July 2, 2018.

She was born on May 6, 1946 in Wheelwright, Kentucky to Joseph John Peraino and Ada B. Conley Peraino who preceded her in death.

Diane resided in McMurray for many years and made it her mission to get to know the members of her community. She had the innate ability to turn strangers into friends thus bringing many people into her life. She was an incredibly generous woman who supported various charitable organizations and local artists.

Diane enjoyed the outdoors as evidenced by her love of golf and her great passion for gardening. A true hostess at heart, she was a culinary genius and had a talent for turning her home into a showpiece; frequently, throwing themed parties for her friends. At one time even winning a local Christmas decorating contest.

An avid card player, Diane was credited for educating many in the art of poker. She loved animals and enjoyed observing them in nature, especially around her beautiful home and neighborhood. Described by her friends as a “spitfire”, life will be a little less exciting without her.

She is survived by her sister Shirley Koepcke (Chris) of Naples, Florida, and her devoted cat, Mikey. She will be deeply missed by her family of dear friends, Eric and Paula Reese, Bob and Joanne Feyche, Christine Mussomeli, Joseph Barker and her honorary grandsons, Carson and Andrew, Harold and Amy Smith, Shari Newman and loyal neighbors Dan, Jill, Ryan, Eric, Evan, Alex and Marlene.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Cushman and her longtime partner Richard Bandi.

Diane touched the lives of many, many people and she will always be lovingly remembered.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation and all services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Joseph P. Salandra, LFD, owner/supervisor, and Darla A. Tripoli, LFD, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120.

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