Diana Joan Foster

Diana Joan Foster was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, on November 25, 1934, the third of three daughters of Ruth Shaffer Foster and Scott Foster. She was known as “DJ” when young, and later preferred to be called “Dee”. She attended public schools in her home town, and then went on to study nursing at Children’s Hospital. Classmate Sandy Erickson recalled, “We all met in the fall of ’52 when we started nursing school, just 36 of us. We had some happy times in the first couple of years. She attracted guys like bees to honey. Then the polio season hit and that was a life changer.” At one point while she had polio she was in an iron lung. Sequelae of the illness necessitated orthopedic surgery to her upper limbs, and she had permanent limitations in arm strength and movement. She did not let this stop her from living a full life, however, and even drove a car with a special knob attached to the steering wheel. She traveled in the United States and lived out her dream of traveling to Africa, as well. Dee became a social worker, working in hospital settings, particularly Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, as well as having a small private psychotherapy practice for a number of years. Later in life she worked with a multilevel marketing financial services firm. She loved animals, particularly dogs. She lived on Park Drive in Boston for many years, until a bequest from her parents enabled her to fulfill a longtime aspiration to build herself a house, which she did in Gloucester. She lived there happily with two Basenjis and a cat, and received with great pleasure the visits of family and friends. In her last years she moved to senior housing in Gloucester. During her final illness her friends and family had a chance to communicate to her how much she had meant to them with her kindness and love through the years. After being hospitalized for all of 2014, she died in Spaulding Hospital in Salem on April 27, 2014. She is survived by her sister Shirley, a niece and four nephews, and numerous cousins. Her remains will be laid to rest in a family plot in Reddington, Indiana.


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  1. Hillary Manny on May 7, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Condolences to Shirley, Scott, Laura, David, Bob and Donald and all the cousins on your loss.

  2. Frank & Carolyn Shaffer on May 7, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    We send our sincere sympathy to the family of DJ. Our prayers are with all of you. Thanks to all who kept us informed during her illness and death.

  3. Penny Stevens on May 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Bon voyage to Dee!
    I wish strength and peace to all Dee’s family and friends, as we adjust to living our lives without her. Thank you to David and Laura for all your help and communication during the last five months of Dee’s life.
    In sympathy and appreciation,

  4. Chaplain Lorraine Bunker on May 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Sad to read of Dee’s death upon my return after medical leave.

    She was an inspiration to me by her life, friends and family. My condolences to all her dear family and many friends.

    Peace be with you all.

    Chaplain Lorraine, Spaulding Hospital, North Shore.

  5. Debbie Hauri on May 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    My sincere sympathy to Dee’s family. I thank everyone for keeping me informed about her illness. I was so sorry not to be able to say good-bye in person but she was a great friend.

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