Diane Agnes Holmstrom
November 25, 1950 - July 17, 2021
Diane Agnes Holmstrom, a woman who enjoyed life to the fullest, was beloved by many, and leaves behind a daughter and two grandchildren, died July 17th in a Willows care home. Known as Dede to most everyone, she was 70 and had suffered from illnesses, including most recently an inoperable bowel obstruction, for more than a year.
Diane was born November 25, 1950, in Franklin, Indiana to then Major Wyndham Harry Bammer and Arlene Virginia Bammer (nee Matney). As an "Army brat", she and her family in the early 1950's moved to Vallejo; Tachikawa Air Force Base, Japan; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Hood, Texas, and Petaluma, California from 1956 to1957, where Diane began to attend public school.
She and her family then moved to Fort Eustis, Virginia, returned to Fort Hood, and during her teenage years in the 1960's, relocated to Izmir, Turkey; Carlisle Barracks, PA; Munich and Augsburg, West Germany (at the time), attending public or military dependent schools during that time.
Returning stateside in 1968 to Martinez, Diane attended College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, from which she graduated.
Throughout her youth, she loved to swim, an activity that she continued well into her adult years.
As an adult, she worked a variety of jobs, including a longtime stint as an office manager for an East Bay dentist and later as a food service worker for several different Northern California supermarkets.
She was married and divorced twice.
Diane was predeceased by her parents, but she is survived by a daughter, Nicole Strauch, of Chico, and two grandchildren, Addison and Austin Strauch.
She also is survived by her twin brother, Richard Bammer, of Santa Rosa; another brother, James Bammer, of Portland, OR; two sisters, Victoria Moshofsky of Davis, CA and Patricia Irani of Columbia, MD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Diane made friends easily throughout her life and many remember her as fun loving, sincere but also possessing "the gift of gab", and a pleasant sense of humor, leaving a little bit of her best self with all she met.
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