As a young girl, Diana was dealt a cruel blow when she became completely deaf through the disease of scarlet fever, which has long since been eradicated. She fought this, and graduated with honors from Salem High School in 1959. She loved accounting and worked for many different companies over the years including, Willard and Helpburn, Almy’s, Essex Office Associates, Corporate Express, and the last 15 years, with Regan Communications in Boston, a multimillion dollar corporation owned by George Regan, who appointed her as the CFO.
Diana not only achieved great success in the business world, but also had similar results as an ardent supporter of Salem High School athletics. As president of the Salem High School football booster in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Diana raised thousand of dollars for scholarships and banquets that were held annually for all the players, cheerleaders, parents and fans. For her dedication, she was voted into the Salem High School Hall of Fame in 2004, for meritorious service. She always loved attending all Salem High sporting events, especially when her own son, Salvatore junior, and grand kids, McKenzie and Devyn Ryan, and all her nieces and nephews played. Some of the best times of her life were at games, not only at Salem High, but at Harvard University, where her nephews, Mike and Tom Giardi played football and baseball in the 1990s. She spent many memorable weekends tailgating with family, friends, players, and parents from the teams.
In addition to her family and grand kids, Diana also leaves behind her two sisters, Marion Chronis, and Evelyn and her husband, Norman Marquis, all of Georgetown; her two brothers, Rocco and his wife, Joan Giardi, and Al and his wife, Jane Giardi, all of Salem. There are also many nieces, nephews and godchildren, whom she loved and they deeply loved her in return.