Diane Vizneau Churdar      Inducted 2018 - Class of 1958

When the wind was just right, the aromas of Angelo's fresh baked pizza and other Italian delights would waft through the open windows of Diane's home on Homer Street. Considered a Woodward rite of passage, Diane's long time friends; the two Carols, Marilyn, Brenda, and Rene would walk past Angelo's on their way home from Hamilton Elementary.

Diane worked hard and made the cheerleading squad from Freshman Junior Varsity to Captain of the Varsity.

Diane admired Jim Wilusz "as an all around nice guy," but remained friends with Sam Szor for the rest of her life. Participation in Woodward's Extravaganzas came without saying and Sunday nights were spent at the Toledo Zoo’s amphitheater listening to Sam Szor's "Music Under the Stars." Continuing with her devotion to Woodward, Diane was the prime motivation for several successful class reunions.

After graduating from Woodward in 1958, Diane attended Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo. She never relinquished her ties to Hope Lutheran Church, where she was a life member. Four years after her move to Los Angeles, Diane returned to Toledo and met her husband, Paul Churdar. In their 43 years together, they had two children: Ryan, who lives in Phoenix, and Cori, who resides in Toledo.

Diane and her husband Paul loved to travel and had visited most of the United States, London, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Athens, Austria, the Greek Islands, Poland, Prague, Germany, and China. Diane's favorite was Egypt and the Jordan Valley. Diane also had a flair for fashion and what’s new in fashion. She worked as a buyer for the former Lamson Brothers and at Jacobson's for over twenty years.

Diane loved music and the Arts. She devoted much of her spare time volunteering to raise funds for many of Toledo's local organizations. Diane was past president of the Toledo Symphony League, Vice-President of the Toledo Opera Guild, President of the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, and a member of the Toledo Museum of Art. Diane had two "holes in one" within three weeks. How Diane ever had time to play tennis and golf at the Sylvania Country Club is beyond the understanding of her husband, Paul.

After a long battle with cancer, Diane passed away on March7, 2009, where according to Paul, Diane is now "Running Heaven."

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