The Life of Diane Rose Shaw

Diane Rose (Ness) Shaw, 61, of Kutztown, passed away suddenly in her home on Monday, June 17, 2019. She was the loving wife of Michael Shaw, whom she married on June 27, 1981. Born in York, PA, Diane was the daughter of Bruce A. Ness, Dallastown, PA, and the late Constance A. (Trone) Ness. Diane was a 1976 graduate of Dallastown Area High School and 1978 graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where she received an Associate degree in Graphic Design.

She worked as a Marketing Production Manager at Penske Truck Leasing World Corporate Headquarters in Green Hills PA for almost 10 years. Prior to that, Diane worked as a graphic designer for Rodale Press, Emmaus, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, and Reese Advertising, Wyomissing. Diane was a considerate kindhearted woman who enjoyed giving back to others. She volunteered her time and skills at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Heart Walk, and The Rabbit Run at the Philadelphia Zoo for Parkinson’s Research. She also founded and coordinated Peter’s Baskets for Friend, Inc., along with her family, assembling 50 baskets annually for children in need. Diane loved spending time in Surf City and Cape May NJ. She was very artistic. She enjoyed drawing and painting, photography and needle point. She was a master graphic designer.

In addition to her husband Michael of 38 years, Diane is survived by her two children, Julia Rose (Shaw), wife of Joe Becker, Exeter Township, and Peter M. Shaw, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; her father Bruce, her beloved dog, Wooly Bear and her grand-dogs, Dobby and Oliver. She is also survived by her siblings Marie (Ness), wife of Terry Shapiro, Evergreen, CO, Gregory, husband of Peggy Ness, Chalfont, PA, Deborah (Ness), wife of Greg Bull, Red Lion, PA, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother, Connie, Diane was predeceased by a brother, Donald Ness in August, 2018, and a half-brother, Bruce Ness.

A memorial service to celebrate Diane’s life will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, PA. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Diane’s memory to any of the following: Friend Inc. Kutztown PA c/o Rosie's Baskets, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, or the Animal Rescue League of Berks County PA.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be recorded at

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I was shocked and saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. We worked together a bit at Rodale and I always found Diane’s calm demeanor soothing to whatever challenge we were facing. My prayers to Mike and the rest of the family. RIP Diane...

Posted by Jim D on 06/19/2019

Drum Corps years

Remenber Diane as a little girl growing up . Carole  and I frends of her mom and dad. Our prayers are with the family.

Posted by Carole & Donald S on 06/20/2019

In Loving Memory

I will always remember Diane as a wonderful, attentive, involved mother of my dear friend. She was actually our Girl Scout Troop leader as well. As the group's troublemaker, I definitely made her job difficult at times! She was patient and firm with me, which was special and something I can really only now appreciate as an adult. She was generous with her home and her time, allowing a lot of us kids to be under her care to spend time with Julie and Peter. She was the kind of mom I believe many people wish they could have.

My heart goes out to the Shaw family during this time of incredible loss. Diane was beloved and leaves behind a great example of a strong matriarch pillar.

May we hold the memories of her close, always.

Posted by Ashley G on 06/22/2019


It’s been many years since I last saw Diane, and even though my memory isn’t very good anymore, I could never forget her. She was a sweet, funny, caring woman. I am so sorry that she is gone and I wish the family peace. 

Posted by Ruth C on 06/23/2019