Diane Van Auken

Diane R. Van Auken (Wunschel)

September 5, 1936 - April 5, 2020
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CHELMSFORD – Diane R. (Wunschel) Van Auken of Chelmsford MA, passed away suddenly on April 5, 2020 at age 83.

Beloved wife of Bruce A. Van Auken. Devoted Mother of Jeffrey Van Auken and his wife Elisa of Littleton, and Lisa Wilkins, and her husband Raymond of Chelmsford. Loving Grandmother to predeceased triplet grandchildren Kyle, Matthew, and Patrick Wilkins and her surviving twin grandchildren Cory Van Auken and his wife Amanda of Asheville, NC, and Addison Waters and her husband Oliver of Asheville, NC. Sister to Kenneth Richard Wunschel Jr. of Graniteville RI, and David Wunschel of Hampstead NH, and Donald Wunschel and his wife Jacqueline of Bass River. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

Diane graduated from Pembroke College in Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. She worked as a Research Librarian for several years at a defense contractor and left to devote her time to raising her family and making a home. She greatly enjoyed vacations with the family at Cape Cod and at Walt Disney World. She spent many years helping to care for the triplet grandchildren who had Muscular Dystrophy.

A private funeral will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you donate to Boston Children’s Hospital 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.
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Graveside Service will be held privately at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford.


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Bob Blanchette

Posted at 03:53pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lisa and her family during this time. Her first and utmost concern was loving her family. She was great with her triple grandsons and loved them dearly. The Cape Cod and Walt Disney trips were very special to her and her family. Sorry to hear about her passing.
Bob & Lisa Blanchette

Glenda Sullivan

Posted at 01:35pm
Our deepest sympathy to the Van Auken family. We didn't know her well but knew that she was a loving and devoted mother to Lisa and her triplet sons. Diane was always present, helping and loving the family. May your hearts be warm with the thought of Diane and the boys being together again. In thought and prayer, Glenda and Sean

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