Diane E. Ruggiero, 67: Known for her warmth, empathy

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PORTLAND — Diane Elizabeth Baunach-Ruggiero, 67, of Yarmouth, died unexpectedly Jan. 17, at Maine Medical Center.

Born in Long Island, N.Y. on April 18, 1943, to Edward and Elizabeth Ganly, she was raised in Essex, England and attended the London School for Girls.

The family later returned to New York, where she graduated from Garden City High School.

She worked as a lab technician and medical assistant before becoming a life insurance agent for New York Life in Manhattan and Portland.

After she moved to Yarmouth, she returned to the medical field and worked at Maine Medical Center in Portland until she recently retired.

Her interests included reading, praying and spending time with family and friends. Empathetic, warm and kind, her last loving act was to be an organ donor.

Survivors include her husband Joseph; her daughter Julie; her stepdaughter Jenny, and her stepsons Joe, Kenny, and Scott; eight grandchildren; her father Edward and his wife Mabel Ganly; her brother Pastor Austin, his wife Marlene Ganly and their five children.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of her life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women Program” at heart.org.

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