DIANA ELAINE GREEN CHODOSH
On a beautiful autumn day Diana Elaine Green was born to Joseph Edward Green and Elaine McGee-O’Malley (Green) on September 24, 1962. She greeted the world at St. Luke’s hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was welcomed at home by three siblings, Alan, Cynthia and Julie. The youngest, Victoria, arrived 21 months later. Alan loved to feed Diana in her high chair. He gave her the nickname “Binky” which was the brand of her favorite pacifier. Later her nickname was “Dino” and that name stuck with her. Diana always called her mother Mama.
Diana was a sweet baby and a quiet unassuming child. She did well in school and was liked by all her friends. She enjoyed Camp Fire Girls activities and camping. When she was five years old she had a small lump removed from her back. She marched into surgery with her teddy bear and right back out again when it was done. She was very courageous.
One dark winter morning Vicki got up early and lit a candle then went back to bed with the candle. Diana alerted us and Alan and Mom got everyone out. Diana saved us all. One summer outing at the river, Vicki took her life jacket off and was about to float away in the current and Diana reached out and grabbed her.
Three feet of snow fell in April of 1973 so the family packed up and moved to Hawaii where Joe was offered an electrician’s job. There, Diana joined a gymnastic group and loved competing. She also enjoyed the beach and often skipped school to go there. She found a dog and named him Paca Lolo, which means crazy in Hawaiian and the name fit him. Diana called him Paca for short.
In December of 1977 the family left Hawaii for the mainland and moved to Mission Viejo, California. Diana refused to pack and leave Hawaii as she loved it there. However, the feat was accomplished and we got her on the plane. For the first Christmas in California Diana and her sisters all got new watches and went to Disneyland. Diana loved driving her mother’s silver Mustang to Mission Viejo High School. She only put a few dents in it. She loved to go to a little Italian restaurant and get take out. She and her sister, Julie, loved to go out to the disco places.
Diana loved animals so she was thrilled when she worked for a veterinary and got to care for a baby tiger. She was also a talented manicurist. Diana loved to do crafts and art work. She also worked in the catering business.
When Diana planned her marriage to David Chodosh, she and her mother searched all over Southern California for a wedding dress. After an exhausting endeavor a beautiful dress was found only to find out that her sister, Cindy, who was getting married two weeks before Diana, had purchased the same dress. The search began again. Since Diana moved her wedding venue to Las Vegas, the satin gown chosen was perfect. Both families went to Vegas for the wedding. A good time was had by all!
A son, Brandon Paul, was born in 1985 and two years later, a daughter, Britannee Nicole, arrived. Diana’s joy were her children and an even greater joy for her was her grandson, Kayden Alan, son of Brandon.
Diana is survived by her mother, Elaine, step father, Patrick O’Malley, sisters, Cynthia Green, Julie Green Johnson and Victoria Adrian, son, Brandon, grandson, Kayden, and many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss her.
Diana was preceded in death by her father, Joseph, her brother, Alan, her daughter, Britannee and her brother-in-law, Mark Adrian.
We will miss her good heart and great smile.
REST IN PEACE
SEPTEMBER 23, 1962 – JUNE 7, 2023
IF YOU REMEMBER ANYTHING OF ME
AFTER I HAVE LEFT THIS WORLD
REMEMBER THAT I LOVED
EVEN WHEN IT WAS FOOLISH
THAT I CARED EVEN WHEN
IT WAS UNWANTED
WHEN MY BODY IS GONE
REMEMBER MY HEART