Dianne Marie Shanabruch
CLARENDON HILLS, Ill. — Dianne Marie Shanabruch (nee Fraddo), a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, died suddenly on July 11, 2018, at the age of 65, doing what she loved most — taking another lakefront adventure with her loving husband of nearly 11 years, Charles Shanabruch.
Dianne was born and raised in Escanaba, Mich., to parents Stephen & Estelle Fraddo (Messier). She was the third of four daughters (Anita Shifflet, Marsha Atkins, and Lauri Berg). She attended high school at Holy Name and completed her undergraduate degree at Ferris State University. She also obtained her master’s degree in business administration at St Xavier University. She began her career as a dental hygienist and went on to hold positions in healthcare administration at esteemed institutions across the Midwest- the Medical College of Wisconsin, Central Dupage Hospital, Northwestern Orthopedic Institution, and Loyola University Medical Center.
“Dianne was a colleague and then a friend for almost 20 years. We simply connected. Her style was to listen and analyze. She strove for and achieved a high level of professionalism in the complex business of healthcare. And she always maintained a sense of
humor which helped us all keep things in perspective. It was not unusual to hear her distinctive laugh echoing down the hallway. But I cherished most watching her refocus her energy and talents as she explored new pathways. She started a new life with Chuck and they traveled the world together. She developed a passion for dancing, nurtured her children as they moved into adulthood and then became smitten with her grandchildren. The spreadsheets started to drift away and pictures of adoring eyes, eyes of Grandma and of grandchild, started to fill her life. Each day was appreciated and treasured”, said her longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Charles Durkee.
Her entire career resembled the rest of her life — devoted to the well-being and caretaking of others. She was an active member of St Vincent de Paul Society through Holy Trinity Church in Westmont, Ill. She gave countless hours to serving her community and those less fortunate.
“Dianne wanted her life to be meaningful and was always determined to use the gifts given to her as fully as she possibly could. Whatever she did, she was ‘all-in’ – totally committed and always present. She had a loving heart for the poor and gave everything she had to those she served”, said Nancy Baldwin of St Vincent de Paul Society.
She was vibrant and full of life, wanting to take advantage of all that life had to offer. She was a world traveler, loved to dance, loved to play cards, and enjoyed dog sledding, kayaking, and hiking. “Words can’t adequately describe the imprint she’s left on so many hearts and lives. She lit up any room she walked into. She was our support system, best friend, mentor, advice-giver, and above all, our mom. She would do anything for her daughters and grandkids; from remembering all of the little things to being there to experience all of the milestones in our lives. She had an amazing laugh, a generous heart, and a wicked card game. She was hands-down the best mother and grandmother anyone could ask for. She is irreplaceable and will be missed beyond belief.” (shared by her daughters).
In addition to her husband, Dianne is survived by three daughters, Breann (John), Amber and Ashley (Joe), and four grandchildren, Drew, Katelyn, Isabelle and Wesley. She is also survived by her younger sister, Lauri.
She is preceded in death by her parents as well as her sisters Anita and Marsha.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Thomas the Apostle Church in Escanaba, on Thursday, July 19, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Eric Olson officiating. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery.
There will be a future celebration of her life held near her home in Clarendon Hills, Ill. Details to be provided at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to St Vincent de Paul Society (Holy Trinity Church in Westmont, Ill.) or St Thomas the Apostle Church in Escanaba.
A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family.