Diane Dorrelle

Diane Dorrelle (Cusimano)

Thursday, May 6th, 1943 - Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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Diane Dorrelle passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on October 24, 2020 in Brunswick, Maryland. She had fought a brave and admirable battle against ALS. She is survived by Earle Dorrelle, her loving husband of 59 years, her three daughters and son-in-laws, Debbie (Jeff) Opiekun, Donna (Sean) Delaney, and Susan (Tom) Hix, and nine grandchildren, Christie, Michael, Joey, Jenna, Kaleigh, Ben, Lexi, Tayten, and Kaden. Diane was born in Washington DC. She married her high school sweetheart and moved to Darnestown, Maryland where she lived for over 40 years until she moved to Florida to care for her father. She worked for MCPS for 20 years as a paraeducator at Darnestown Elementary School where she made many friends. She was still working there when one of her granddaughters attended, and she would sneak her a treat each day at lunch. She kept an immaculate house and enjoyed the beach and craft shows. Diane loved spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren. She celebrated the little things with festive decor and made holidays and birthdays special. She loved Christmas, whimsical decorations in every room. Diane was loved and adored by all.

The family is planning a service to celebrate Diane’s life at a later date when it is safe. In lieu of flowers, donations to The ALS Association ( or Team Gleason ( are appreciated. These organizations provided much needed support to Diane and her family.
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Jason Lynch

Posted at 09:39am
Dear Dorrelle and Cusimano Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Earle was a great mentor to me early in my career, and it was clear from his daily mentions of Diane how much she meant to him and the whole family. I fondly remember them both dancing the night away at my wedding in 2010, their love of life and for each other evident for all to see.

Jenniffer Butler

Posted at 10:35am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Jean Molodetz

Posted at 02:34pm
Dear Dorrelle family, Uncle Earl, Debbie, Donna, Susan and all your beautiful children,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Whenever I was in Aunt Diane's presence over the years I understood what a bright light she was. Her beaming smile, easy laugh and southern charm was warm and engaging. Besides her festive holidays at the house I have a funny memory. When I was very young, maybe even 6 years old she was a huge fan of cinnamon gum (Dentine I think) and she had mad skills in snapping it while she chewed! I remember asking her to show me how to do that sound and she tried but HOT! Oh that cinnamon gum was so spicy hot I didn't get very far in the lesson. I still don't know how to snap my chewing gum but never fail to think of her and her smile when I try. I'm sure you all have a lifetime of memories to cherish and give you comfort. I'm sending love and light and hugs your way. I am truly sorry for your loss. Jean (Flood) Molodetz

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