Dianne Richards-Reiss

dianne richards-reiss

June 4, 1945 ~ April 25, 2020

Born in: Niagara Falls, New York
Resided in: Fremont, California

Dianne Richards-Reiss passed away quietly in her bed at Lincoln Villa Retirement home and assisted Living Facility at 5:45 PM in the early evening.

She is survived by her husband Larry, her son David Lloyd and their three emotional support animals, Chuka, the family dog, and two cats, Nugget, and Pearl. She is also survived by her 1st cousin Betty Jackson of Pittsburg, PA. Dianne was a very accomplished woman. In her early years after graduating High School, she applied and was accepted into the U.S. State Department where she worked from 1964 through 1968. In 1967, the State Department sent her to the Saigon Embassy to discover security leaks.

After moving from Maryland to California she accepted a position with San Mateo County where she rose to the rank of Eligibility Supervisor. She worked with the county for 21 years.

She owned her own restaurant called Yogurt for Life in San Carlos, CA.

She was a woman of many talents. She was an actress, stand-up comic, Producer, and Director. She and her family were very involved in the local Community Theatre. She was President of Newark’s Stage One for seven years. She also acted in many Stage One Productions for many years.

Dianne and Larry lived in the Newark Community for 32 years and were very involved with it. She was active with the PTA, especially with Graham Elementary School’s Book Fairs. She was also active in the Junior High and High School with many of their Productions.

Dianne, Larry, and David shared a love of animals so they had many wonderful trips, many of which to California’s Zoo’s, Animal Theme Parks, and Aquariums.

She was an amazing loving person and she will be missed by her husband, son, other family members, and friends all over the Bay Area.

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  1. CandleI just heard of Dianne’s passing. I am so saddened to hear this. I have some of the fondest memories of Dianne from her days at Stage 1. She was a great and talented lady…acting, comedienne, behind the scenes. My heart goes out to Larry and David. She will be greatly missed.

  2. CandleBesides being a talented actress in her own right (Her Shirley Valentine was better than any I’ve seen), Diane’s presidency transformed Stage 1 from a warehouse theater on the edge of folding to one that has a permanent location. She began the tradition of Newark Memorial Theater successes. For years we used to bump into each other at My Cafe in Newark. She always always had an exciting project to discuss.
    Truly an amazing and gifted person, Dianne earned her place in local theater history.

  3. Larry and David, I was so sorry to hear of Dianne’s passing. I will always be grateful for her friendship and help with Stage 1. She had a way of keeping things light and making me laugh even when times were tough. Sending you both hugs, and her heavenly laughs.

  4. CandleSo sorry to hear of her passing. She was such a vivacious and warm woman. Our thoughts & prayers to her family.

  5. Rest in peace Dianne. Larry and David my thoughts and prayers for you in the loss of your Wife and Mother.

  6. Sorry to hear of Dianne’s passing. She was very entertaining onstage and off. She had a big heart.

  7. Diane, you shall be missed by so many you have touched. I’ll never forget you, Larry and David walking into the Academy to sign David up for acting classes. You had a heart of gold and gave so much love and affection to David. God bless you. RIP.

  8. CandleOh no! I just heard of Diane’s passing I’m devastated for all who loved her as I did, especially for David and Larry. A loving mother, a wonderful actress, an amazing early President for Stage 1 who worked tirelessly to save Stage 1 and find a new home for the group at NMHS, I shall truly miss Diane’s presence in our world. She always added a light of fun to my world with her fabulous sense of humor, and one of the joys of my life was directing her in “Moon Over Buffalo.” But my favorite role I ever saw her perform was as Shirley Valentine in that one woman Tour de force play she did for Stage 1. All my love and sympathy to everyone who loved her. RIP, dear friend. Xoxoxo Barbara

  9. CandleMy first improv teacher. Larger than life. Inspiring. Beautiful.
    You will never be forgotten.

  10. Larry and David, I was saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Diane was truly a bright and shining star!

  11. So sorry to hear a great comedian and greatly valued member of Stage 1 is no longer with us. I’ll never forget her wonderful performance in “Shirley Valentine” which was my intro to Stage 1 plays.

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