Diane Elizabeth Krol Obituary

South San Francisco, CA  January 29, 2023 Submitted by Garden Chapel Funeral Directors


On January 20, 2023, Diane Elizabeth Krol entered into rest, surrounded by her family and the warmth of God’s embrace. She is survived by her children Matt (Christine), Christopher (Kimberly), Julie, and Brian (Danielle). This includes 11 grandchildren: Brett, Kayla, Matthew Jr, Aubrey, Gavin, Caroline, Lucy, Kyle, Bentley, Callie, and Eloise; her two sisters Susan and Barbara DeCesare; and Steve (Sherry) and the entire extended family from Philly that Diane took as her own.


Diane will be joining her parents Tom and Lucy DeCesare who preceded her in death as well as the love of her life John. Born and raised in the city by the bay, Diane was proud of her city roots. During ger years at Polytechnic High she was class vice-president, business manager of the school newspaper, and class treasurer. Next up for Diane was working for a travel agency, where she quickly developed her passion for traveling.


In fact, Diane married John on the S.S. Lurine and they sailed to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Later, they settled in South San Francisco where her home was filled with her four children, parties, and great home cooked meals. Diane met lifelong friends as the kids attended Mater Dolorosa. Diane spent countless hours cooking enchiladas in the cafeteria and helping with the annual festival.


Whether it was a work colleague or student she met while working at El Camino and South San Francisco High School, Diane was always there for you. Never was this as evident as taking a group of high schoolers all the way to Italy for a school trip. Diane again mage lifelong friendships with the locals in Italy and with the students on those trips.


Diane never lost the travel bug and enjoyed her cruises to Europe, trips to Hawaii, vacations in Lake Tahoe, and of course the trips to see family in Philadelphia. She was always planning two trips ahead. Diane’s love for travel was only matched by the love for her grandchildren. She rarely missed a sporting event and was always helping with babysitting or pickups.


Diane fought hard this last month, never giving up. Her team of doctors marveled at her strength and perseverance. The family would like to thank Dr. R. Jain and Dr. R Jasmer for their care and support for Diane over the years.


Friends and family may visit from 5-8pm, with a rosary at 6pm on Tuesday, January 31st at Garden Chapel in SSF. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, February 1st at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in San Francisco at 10am. In lieu of flowers consider donating to Autism Speaks or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may also be made at www.gardenchapel885.com.

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Annette Cruz-Padilla

Sincerest Condolences to the entire Krol clan & loved ones.

Laura Peradotto
Laura Peradotto
1 year ago

I was so lucky when Diane came into my kids life. She was brave taking them to Italy. What an experience they were able to have because of her and Meg. She will be missed.