Francis P. Diego, 93, of Muhlenberg Township, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2022, in the care of Reading Hospital surrounded by family. Born in Lancaster to the late James and Ruth (Henderson) Diego, Frank was the beloved husband of Irene C. “Renie” (Kostzewa) Diego with whom he celebrated over 62 years of marriage.
Frank graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School before enlisting in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, he proudly graduated from Franklin and Marshall College. Frank started his career at Hamilton Watch in Lancaster, worked at Pomeroy's where he met his wife Renie, worked as a probation officer and a school teacher before he landed at Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent as a Supervisor of Materials Management until his eventual retirement. Frank’s favorite job was that of father, and later grandfather. He was the best Daddy and Granddad ever.
In his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering in his daughter’s classroom. He assisted many children in learning fundamental reading skills and math facts—Mr. Diego was a favorite among the students.
Frank followed Penn State sports and Reading High School basketball very closely. He loved to golf, play poker with his buddies, have monthly card club games, and enjoyed breakfast with his work friends. He could always be counted on for a rousing game of Phase 10 after family dinners (especially if spaghetti and meatballs were on the menu with whoopie pies or chocolate candy for dessert). He loved meals at Shady Maple, and his 90th birthday feast hosted there will always be remembered by his family.
Frank treasured the time he spent with his grandsons, and he and Renie loved to support the boys’ every endeavor.
Left to treasure Frank’s memory is his wife, Renie; their daughters, Francine M. Lawrence (David H.) of Muhlenberg and Marissa A. Picca (Robert M.) of Boxborough, MA; and grandsons, Taylor Lawrence, Evan Lawrence, Nathaniel Picca, Brian Picca, and Jonathan Picca. Frank is also survived by his extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Gladys Rampolla.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank’s memory may be offered to the Reading High School Basketball Squires Club, 1024 Daisy Dr, Temple PA 19605 or donorbox.org/rhsquirescampaign.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses, doctors and staff at the Reading Hospital for their kindness and compassion to both Frank and the family.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Kuhn Funeral Home & Crematory, inc 5153 Kutztown Rd, Temple. Friends are welcome to gather beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the start of services. Mask use is required when offering condolences. Committal will be celebrated privately at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc, is honored to be entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at kuhnfuneralhomes.com.