Dianne Whitaker

Dianne C. Whitaker (Heilman)

Friday July 17, 1942 - Thursday September 26, 2019
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Dianne C. Whitaker (Heilman) age 77, of Logan Township passed away on September 26, 2019 surrounded by family and friends after a two year battle with cancer. Dianne was devoted to her family and friends and a loyal employee of Amerisource Bergen in West Deptford. Among her many hobbies and ambitions, she loved traveling, enjoyed nature, gardening, horseback riding, decorating, entertaining, walking the parks and most of all spending time with loved ones. Dianne volunteered her time to support her son Jimmy in many school systems and special needs programs. She proudly attended the events of her children and grandchildren throughout their life and was dedicated to the happiness of her family. She was a lifelong Methodist and attended Trinity United Methodist Church of Mullica Hill.

Dianne was the daughter of the late Evelyn and Lewis Heilman from Bridgeport, NJ, and the wife of the late Karl Whitaker and “the best mother in the world” to the late James “Jimmy” Leonard. She is survived by her daughter Barbara Ridinger, (Steve) of Mount Royal, Dee Hackett (Josh) of Pilesgrove, Stepsons Kent Whitaker, Jeff Whitaker, Dan Whitaker (Jenny) and Mark Whitaker, Dianne was the proud grandmother of 11, a loving sister to Lewis Heilman (Babette), William Heilman (Linda) and caring aunt to Jen Flatley and Tina Kille.

Family and Friends may visit from 6-7:30 pm with a memorial service following on Friday, OCTOBER 11th at Smith Funeral Home, 47 Main Street, Mantua, NJ 08051. Graveside service at Lake Park Cemetery in Swedesboro will be OCTOBER 12th at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Marlton, N.J. Memories and condolences can be left at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday October 11, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Friday October 11, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    47 Main Street
    Mantua, NJ 08051
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday October 11, 2019 | 7:30pm
    Friday October 11, 2019 7:30pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    47 Main Street
    Mantua, NJ 08051
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Paul Melson
  • Interment

    Saturday October 12, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday October 12, 2019 11:00am
    Lake Park Cemetery
    Park & East Avenues
    Swedesboro, NJ 08085
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Private Condolence

Susan Guida

Posted at 09:36pm
Barbara I’m so sorry about your mommy and wish I was there with you tonight. I wish I had a chance to meet her so that I could tell her that she raised a beautiful, intelligent and compassionate daughter. All my love, Susan 💕

Catherine McCann

Posted at 09:18pm
Barbara, So sad to here about your Mom. What a beautiful lady, and a devoted mom & grandmother! It's no wonder
your her daughter, you look a lot like her! And you have that same nurturing , caring smile. My mother was fortunate to have you has her Hospice nurse.. .You have been in prayers , May God's Love , and compassion surround you and your family and give you peace in this tough time.....With Love , Catherine Mccann & Guida sisters

Jenny Whitaker

Posted at 08:25pm
I have so many fun memories with Dianne - most have to do with dinners and family gatherings in Swedesboro. Dianne was the person that got me hooked on HGTV too! She was so welcoming and kind - always made me at ease. Hard to put in words my love and appreciation for her - I miss her greatly, but am so glad she is a part of mine and my family’s lives.

Mary Trotter

Posted at 09:58am
Barbara, Dee & Families:
I loved your Mom. So much. She always treated me as though I were one of her own. We would often talk food & drink and those talks were always a treat...for the both of us I think! Your Mom was kind enough to drive me to work for many months when I was in need & I was always grateful to her for that. I ALWAYS had a blast on the porch during Swedesboro Day!!! Who didn't?! She & Karl were always so gracious & generous - amazing hosts. I was glad to have visited with, chatted with & laughed with Mom at Barb's in recent months. I pray that all of your wonderful memories carry you through the tough times. Meanwhile, I will forever be here for anything you may ever need. I love you. ~Mare


Posted at 09:08am
Barbara - I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She is healed and happy, renewed with loved ones and has no more pain. She is with Jimmy now and happy to be with him, but missing all of you!! Your prayers were always heard and you were faithful in praying! Your prayer partners pray for you now.

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