Diane Kay Blanken Mesirow

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Diane Kay Blanken Mesirow, of Washington, died on April 17. She was 87. Wife of Harold Mesirow for 58 years until his death in 2013, Diane is survived by her brother Bill Blanken and his wife Shirlee; her children Tod, JodiLee and John Mesirow; her six grandchildren Benjamin, Thea, McLain, Zoe, Cal and Cole; and her great-granddaughter Marlowe. Diane is predeceased by her sister Joan Roth. Known far and wide for her enthusiastic embrace of life and boundless curiosity, Diane was an award-winning painter who pursued her art with focus and passion. A native Washingtonian, Diane traveled with a fearless desire to explore the world. From Machu Picchu to St. Petersburg, Alaska to Egypt, the Yucatan to Hawaii, Costa Rica, Honduras and more, Diane was the ultimate curious explorer who made friends everywhere, and relished the opportunities life presented. Diane also relished her time as a volunteer in the library of the Washington Hebrew Congregation. Active in local politics and a staunch Democrat, for many years Diane enjoyed the opportunity to work as a Chief Election Judge. Contributions can be made to JSSA, Jewish Social Service Agency. jssa.org, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852.

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