September 15, 1938 ~ February 27, 2020

Born in: Oakland, California
Resided in: Lincoln , California

Diana Claire Padovani Skokan, a resident of Del Webb Community in Lincoln CA passed away unexpectedly on February 27, 2020, at the age of 81 at Sutter General Medical Center in Roseville, CA.

Diana is survived by her beloved husband, James Skokan; her loving sister, Marilyn Padovani Denham; her seven beautiful children: Deborah Rossetto, Denise Cervantes, Theresa Skokan, James Skokan, Cynthia Stanley, Annie Culbertson, and Paul Skokan; David Rossetto, Jesse Cervantes, Rebekah Skokan, Jeffrey Stanley, Monica Skokan and Tina Broyles; her grandchildren: Matthew, Rachelle, Jesus, Manuel, James, Sabrina, Skye, Candace, Cameron, Chandler, Taylor, Robert, Emily, Sophia, Clayton James, and Olivia; her blessed great-grandchildren; Harper, Jonathan, Alfonso, Zephyr, Giovanni, Audrina, Brooklyn, and Easton.  She leaves behind many, many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.

Diana was born in Oakland, CA September 15, 1938.  She graduated from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in 1960 earning her ADN degree and certification as a Registered Nurse.  She lived in an all-girl dormitory and was ahead of her time when she was granted permission to be the first student ever allowed to be married prior to completing her degree. On September 20, 1958, she married her beloved, Jim, having been brought together by a “meet cute” when Jim convinced her cousin Frank, his best friend, to play a fun game of Hearts (cards). When their eyes met it was love at first sight! After marriage and her graduation from Providence Nursing School, she continued on a path to raise seven beautiful children. Diana was also a successful real estate broker in the Bay Area for more than 40 years.

Diana was a devoted mother, wife and faithful Catholic who prepared the way for her family to build faith at home and in their parish community.

Diana loved games: ping pong, playing cards, parties with family and friends, cooking her famous lamb gravy, baking, and outdoor recreational activities. She also enjoyed participating in her faith by teaching young minds Faith Formation in order to achieve their Sacraments.

Diana will be deeply missed by her family and the decades of friendships she established over the years.

Family and friends are invited to a viewing on Thursday, March 5 from 1-5 p.m. at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538.  The Rosary will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. The Catholic funeral Mass will also be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church on Friday, March 6th at 10:30 a.m.


Visitation: March 5, 2020 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


Room: Garden Chapel

Vigil/Rosary: March 5, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church
43148 Mission Blvd
Fremont, CA 94539


Room: Church

Funeral Mass: March 6, 2020 10:30 am - 11:30 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church
43148 Mission Blvd
Fremont, CA 94539


Room: Church

Private Burial: March 9, 2020 12:30 pm - 12:30 pm

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Rd
Dixon, CA 95620


Room: Graveside

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Diana Claire Skokan's name.

Covenant House

461 Eighth Ave.
New York , NY

Shriners Hospital

2900 Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL

Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose

43326 Mission Circle
Fremont, CA

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  1. CandleMy beautiful diana,I go back to my birth with you and family all my life til now, even though l missed events .l wanted to go to . But was unable too. But l remember spending the night s at your house and with all the family. ! Also your beautiful laugh and awesome cooking.and swimming in the pool til l turned to a prune .l always loved you and my Denise and every family member and specially you .you will always be in my heart and prayers. My beautiful diana. I always knew you were you are with the Lord in heaven. We will all be together again when God calls us .My hearts and love to Jim AND FAMILY AND FAMLIES LOVE ALWAYS YOUR COUSIN THERESA PELLINI P.S. I ALWAYS CALLED YOU AUNTIE DIANA AND UNCLE JIM WHEN I WAS SMALL.MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL IN JESUS CHRIST NAME.GOOD BYE ONLY FOR NOW UNTIL WERE ALL IN HEAVEN TOGETHER AGAIN. P.S.ALL THE SINGING I DID AT WEDDING MAJOR, ETC. WELL NOW YOU WILL BE SINGING AND TOGETHER WITH GOD AND LOVED ONE’S IN HEAVEN. PLEASE PRAY FOR US TO THE LORD OUR GOD. LOVE YOU ALWAYS THERESA PELLINI AND OUR FAMILY OXO

  2. CandleI miss you, Mom
    I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new
    All I have are memories, your memory is my keepsake
    with which I’ll never apart.
    God has you in his keeping,
    But I have you in my Heart Forever!!
    Love you Forever!

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