Diane Lynn Wilkinson

January 03, 1947 ‒ January 13, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Diane Lynn Wilkinson (nee Burns) of Mansfield, Ohio passed away on January 13, 2020 at age 73.  She was preceded in death by parents Richard and Neva (nee McPike) Burns.

Diana is survived by her husband of over 47 years Raymond Mark Wilkinson, sons Matt and Marc, cherished daughter-in-law Sarah, beloved puppy Bailey, brother Gary Burns and his partner Dan Lallathin, brother and sister-in-law Denny and Ellen Burns, nieces Katie and Tara, Uncle Harlan “Skip” and Aunt Casey Burns, Aunt Eileen Burns and numerous cousins.

Diana was a 1965 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School and 1970 graduate of The Ohio State University who loved watching the Buckeyes and was proud of both her T-Y Tyger and OSU heritage.

She was a beloved Kindergarten/Elementary School Teacher in the Mansfield City School system (Roseland, Carpenter, and Springmill) for over 30 years who continued to educate and enrich young people’s lives well into her retirement as a tutor for young people throughout Richland County.   A lifelong proponent of continued learning and discovery who constantly espoused the value of education, she was proud that each of her sons obtained post-graduate degrees in the fields of studies they were most passionate about.

Diana was a loving mother and wife who had the patience of Job and compassion of Mother Theresa to put up with a home filled with men her entire life.  Diana loved nothing more than being around her sons, husband and daughter-in-law at the dinner table, at a restaurant, or in the family room enjoying laughs about all of the silly, chaotic, amusing things the boys were always finding themselves involved in.

She also enjoyed viewing old family movies and photos, and taking photos of the family and of nature.  She liked looking out the kitchen window seeing the birds and hummingbirds eating from the many feeders in the backyard.  She had a lifelong love for Lake Erie, Marblehead, and Gem Beach and loved spending time near the water.

Her love of children, and especially those most vulnerable and needing of attention, will forever be her lasting legacy long past her death.  It was nearly impossible to go to the local store or restaurant with her without a former student or parent, yelling out “Mrs. Wilkinson!” with excitement.  That is the sure indication of a woman who has left her mark on this world and made it a just a little better place to live.  Her huge heart, compassion, empathy and love will be missed by many – traits surely in great need in this day and age.  She will be painfully missed by her husband Mark for whom she was a lifelong partner, best friend and rock.  We love and miss you already, rest in peace.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 12pm-3pm in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service will begin at 3pm.  Edwin Stockwell will speak.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • To the entire Wilkinson Family our deepest sympathy. Always enjoyed seeing you guys and not as often as we should have; but it was a great time, with the Boys growing up in the country.

  • Our hearts and prayers go out to your entire family. What a lovely person Diane was. I always enjoyed teaching with her. It was fun watching the boys growing up. We live in North Carolina now so will not be able to join you all at her celebration of life. But we will be thinking of you. Love, Jim and Janet Wilson

  • Mark and boys, I am so sorry to hear this. Diane was such a sweet, beautiful lady! I loved seeing her in the office when I worked at Southern! She would always just shake her head and smile when Mark was being Mark! 🙂 Thinking of you guys.

  • Mark,
    I am sorry for you loss and my condolences to the Burns and Wilkinson families. I hope all your pleasant memories of Diane help you through this difficult time. Will be thinking of you and Diane Saturday.
    Dave Schroeder

  • Mark, Hans and I were saddened at the news of Diane’s passing. Our family sends their condolences to you and the boys.

  • Mark,

    Elise and I are so sorry for your loss of Diane. She was such a special person and we always enjoyed talking to her at Marblehead Boat Club. We will miss seeing Diane walking Bailey around the neighborhood.

    Elise and I will be thinking of you.


    Ron and Elise

  • We were so saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. We always loved spending time with her at the pool up in Marblehead. May she Rest In Peace.🙏🙏

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Wilkinson was my first grade teacher at Springmill elementary school in 1989 . She was a fabulous and strict teacher. She taught me many things that stuck with me. I loved how she was straight to the point and did not put up with nonsense. If we only had more people in the world like her it would be a much better place. May you rest in peace

  • She was a wonderful woman. I’ll remember fondly her opening her home to all the neighborhood kids who would come to play at their house. Gentle and caring to all of, us and far beyond tolerant to all us boys throughout our life stages. Always a calming voice, even when a bunch of school aged kids would have pushed many others to their limits. Patience is a virtue, and boy was she virtuous. Even her look of disappointment was gentle and warming. Always a teacher, a mother, friend and wife, all in one, and at all times. She will be greatly missed.

  • Mark and family,

    Our hearts go out to you. Such a loss of unbelievable proportion! When we think of Diane, it is her smile that radiates to us, and her gentle nature that will always be with us.

  • Mark,
    I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Diane’s sudden passing. I remember the wonderful time spent in both of your company at the lake.My heartfelt condolences to you and your families for your loss. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Nasreen Bhumbra

  • Mark and family: We are very sad to hear of Diane’s passing. She was so kind and sweet and I loved visiting with her. We will cherish the times the four of us visited the Huron Winery and had dinner together. She will be missed !!!
    Love to you all!
    Bob and Paula Beach

  • My sincere sympathy goes to the family of Diane. I graduated with her at Mansfield Senior High. She was such a sweet person. I didn’t know her as a teacher, but I know from her personality that her had a fantastic 30-year career. Will be missed by the entire community of Mansfield.

    Jim Hannewad

  • Mark and Family,
    We are very sorry to hear about Diane. She was truly a wonderful and kind lake neighbor and will be greatly missed. We hope to see you and your family continue to enjoy the summers with us.

    Brad and Jodi Reineck

  • Mr. Wilkinson and family,
    I first met Diane when she tutored one of my twin boys in the early 2000’s. I work at Alta greenhouse and every time she came in she would ask how my boys were doing. She was such a kind and wonderful person and all of us at Alta will be missing her.
    You have my sincerest condolences. May the Lord be with you in the coming days.
    Kim Berger

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Dianne always helped chase the geese away with us at the lake. We will remember her “noise makers” for that task and miss her. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.