Barbara Diane Gehl

Barbara Diane Gehl “Diane” was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.  She left this world peacefully on December 15, 2021, surrounded by her family. 

Diane was born to the late Barbara Anne Sanders and George Henry Manninger. Survived by her husband, James M. Easton, her daughters, Tammy, Gina (Doug), Jessica (Oliver), and his children, Shelly, Karen, Susan and John. Also survived by grandchildren – James, Victor (Crystal), Evan (Kennidy), Alison (Blake), Adam, Meredith, Connor and Ryan, and great grandchildren – Max, Avery and Sophia. 

Diane is also survived by her mother, Mary Manninger, and siblings, Brian (Angie), Sally (Chris), Bill, and Michelle (Sam), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her sisters Carol and Molly.

Diane was very active in her earlier years with the Chatham Figure Skating Club, serving on the Board as Club President several years.  She did everything from run the Club to ensuring the skating carnival props had enough glitter. Diane also worked just as hard in her logistics career beginning at Motor Wheel, and retiring from Union Gas.  

In her retired life, she liked to spend time in her gardens, always pruning to perfection.  It was like a whole different world when entering her gardens, with big blooms and water features.

Like all things in life, Diane was a fighter, whether it be in her personal life or otherwise.  She fought this disease with grace and grit until the end.  A woman of hope, a pillar of strength, and a legacy left behind…

There will be a private celebration of life at a later date. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

41 Comments on “Barbara Diane Gehl”

  1. Thank you — you will always have a stamp on me! Taking care of me when mom and dad needed you to. Even though you had your girls as well. Diane — you were always vibrant and full of energy !
    RIP -/ my sister !! ❤️❤️❤️

  2. So very sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. One of my favourite people in Purchasing Dept at Union Gas. Please pass on Pat’s and my condolences to Jim and Diane’s family.

  3. we are so sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to your whole family. Thinking of you guys. If you need anything please let us know.

  4. What a beautifully written obituary! What a tribute to my cousin Diane. Although I moved away from Chatham area in my early 20’s I still have childhood memories of Diane and remember her kind heart and smile .
    Please accept my family’s condolences and sympathy .
    Brenda McMullen ( Manninger )
    Regina , Saskatchewan

  5. Diane was a great coworker and friend at Union Gas. My deepest
    Sympathy to Jim and Diane’s family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. I am from facebook as i come here to say one thing. i did not know Barbara but may God hold her hand up to the heaven gates and watch over those who cherished her deeply in their hearts. Amen❤️

  7. Diane was an old childhood friend., always lots of fun and very kind. Rest in peace my friend.
    Wendy Clark

  8. Gina & Family,

    Sorry, to hear of your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  9. Sad to hear this. Worked with Diane at Union Gas. Great lady and special person. She had a quiet presence, but she could stand her ground if pushed too far. We had many chuckles together at work at Union. My sincere sympathy to all family members of Diane and Jim.

  10. So sorry to hear about Diane. I knew Diane from Figure Skating I heard about Diane from Mary. Just keep her in your prayers

  11. Sincere condolences to Diane’s family. We both worked with her at Union Gas. She was a lovely lady and a pleasure to work with.

  12. I am so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. As kids she was my best friend. Where I went Diane went and visa versa . We spent many happy days with George and Mary at the cottage and their home and at Grandma’s house on Queen Street where Diane told me a few years ago she now lived. I am so sorry I never got to see Diane again but was glad we connected again a few years ago. My sincere condolences to the family.

  13. My sister- in -law and friend. Will miss our lunches and her company. Thoughts and prayers go to Tammy, Gina , Jessica & families. She was strong and brave.

  14. Jim & family, we’re so sorry to hear that Diane passed away. We haven’t seen you two shopping in quite some time. Diane was one of the good ones at Union Gas and she drank Labatt’s Lite (not Blue Lite) beer back when they still made it.

    Take care Jim.

  15. Tammy
    Ann and I were saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. May your precious memories of her help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Dear Tammy, Gina and Jessica and your families, I was saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a strong, beautiful woman inside and out. Sending you all my love and prayers.
    Aline King

  17. To Mary and Family

    So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. I wish I had seen her gardens when she lived on Queen Street. Always admired her front yard when I went by.

    Carol (nee Crone) and Rick Taylor

  18. Dear Jim, Tammy,Gina And Jess

    We are so sorry to hear your sad news. Bless her and all of you. She was a lovely woman.
    Much love to you all. Take good care of yourselves and one another.

    Sue and Jim Arnold and family.

  19. Time passes quickly. Diane’s mother (Barbara) was my first cousin. Although an entire generation separated us we did see each other on various occasions as well. Every time I passed uncle Fred’s house on Queen Street I thought of Diane knowing she was the keeper of the gardens! Please know your family has my condolences. Betty Ann Chase (Sanders).

  20. I’m so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. Sincere sympathy to Jim and the whole family. I worked with Diane for many years at Union Gas, side by side for the last few years of my time in the department. She was a great friend and dedicated coworker and the one person I missed the most when I moved on. She was completely dedicated to her family and her face would light up whenever she talked about them or to them! She will be greatly missed. Rest peacefully, my friend.

    Mary Wild

    1. Very sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Diane at Union Gas and she always treated everyone with dignity and respect. She will be missed.

  21. Our sincere sympathies. You are all in our thoughts and our prayers. Diane will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Sending Love and Hugs

  22. Our sincere condolences to Diane’s family. She was so kind and fun to be with. She will certainly be missed by all her family and friends.

  23. Dad, Tammi, Jessica, Gina and your whole family

    I am so very sad for you all during this difficult time. My sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers. I think of Diane every day in the spring/summer when the daisies and other plants from her garden pop up in mine. Dad and Diane came to Bayfield after I bought my cottage and brought some hostas and daisies and other perrenials and we planted them around the border. Her garden was always so beautiful and I know it gave her great joy (and us a bit jealous!) . I am so grateful to have a small piece of it.

    Diane will be missed but thankfully she is at peace now. Thank you Di for making my dad very happy for over 32 years!

    Sending Love from Bayfield – Susan

  24. I am saddened by the passing of Diane.
    She was a great friend and co – worker with whom I enjoyed many phone conversations in retirement and getting together to catch up.
    Her kindness and always noted love for her family/children will always be remembered.

    I know she will be missed dearly by her family.
    I will miss her too.

  25. So sorry and saddened to hear of the passing of Diane. Praying for your strength at this difficult time. I worked with Diane at both Motor Wheel and Union Gas. She was a wonderful person. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  26. Dennis and I are so very sorry about Diane’s passing. I originally knew Diane at John McGregor, then at Union Gas and finally through the Bedell’s connections. Had a lot of good conversations while walking our dogs and Diane would be gardening. Her family was her pride and joy. Jim and Family, treasure all your wonderful memories of a life well lived. Take care of yourselves and each other.

  27. So sorry to learn of Diane’s passing. Such a wonderful person. She and I both crossed paths at Union Gas.

  28. We are so sorry about Diane. There are many memories of Skating Days and Motor Wheel. Her family meant everything to her. We hope that you all find comfort sharing the love that she had for each of you.
    Dick and Kathy O’Neill

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