Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Diane - a wonderful work of heART

Hello - our first blog is a tribute to a woman who is my friend. Diane and I have sons who are 12 years old and on the Autistic Spectrum. Diane was a devoted, single mom. She was one of the first families to join HeARTs for Autism.

She passed away suddenly a week ago. Heartbreaking in so many ways.

We created HeARTs for Autism in 2005 as a way to help families with support and advocacy. We use the Arts in therapeutic ways with spectrum kids and their families. Diane loved the program and even renamed it to just be "Hearts." When we asked her why she said, "It's because I and the others can just feel the love ooze out of the rooms and flow all over helping everyone to feel better." Diane told us she found joy at our meetings, which for her was a healing.

A few of her son's pieces of art are popular display pieces when we do art shows and educational outreaches. Diane created beautiful art also as a tribute for her son.

We are saddened by her loss, and yet even more inspired to reach out and support more spectrum families.

Sending much love to her son...and family...

Peace and Love to you Diane...what a wonderful work of heART you have been for us all!


  1. Well said Robin. She was a sweet and kind woman. Sending her family and her beuatiful son Love. ♥

  2. thank you Robin for always reminding us to reach new heights and to remember what's truly important. Thank you for being a beacon of love and light!!! V

  3. Memorial Service Saturday, March 13, 2010
    age 52 suddenly on Feb. 17, 2010. Devoted mother of Paul F., beloved daughter of Frances "Chick" (nee Muller) and the late Paul Kozub, sister of Patricia (Thomas) Murphy, and Robert (Ruthie) Kozub; also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Family will receive relatives and friends Sat. 10 A.M. to 12 Noon followed by her Memorial Service at THE JOSEPH A. SANNUTTI FUNERAL HOME, 7101 Torresdale Ave., Phila. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diane's son, Paul F. Kozub, c/o Frances Kozub, 7101 Torresdale Ave., Phila., PA 19135.