Diane A. O’Hara, 85, of Newport passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Diane was born on August 28, 1937 in Malden, MA to Loring and Margorie (Bayless) Spranker. She was the second of two daughters. Diane grew up in Swampscott, MA and graduated from Swampscott High School in 1955.

Diane met and married the love of her life, George F. O’Hara on May 18, 1957. They were married for 63 years and together raised 7 children. After spending her early years of marriage raising her children, she focussed her studies on health care. She graduated from the first Certified Nursing Assistant program in the Vocational Education Program at Roger’s High School in Newport. Diane was a Nursing Assistant and private duty caregiver at both Newport Hospital Emergency Department and private residences for over 20 years. Her greatest accomplishment, however, was her life-long contributions to her family as a wife, mother, and homemaker to her husband, children and grandchildren. Her large extended family and friends meant the world to her.

Diane reinvented herself in the last several years by immersing herself in her community and especially the Edward King House Senior Center, a magnificent hub for people over 50 years old in the Newport community. She volunteered at the center as well as taking part in multiple exercise and social activities.

Diane is survived by her children: Terry (Ted) Reagle, Janet (Mike) Healy, Mary (Jim) Mackenzie, George (Kerry) O’Hara, John (Valerie) O’Hara, Ruth (Kevin) Lyons, and Nancey O’Hara Schnelli (daughter-in-law). She leaves 14 grandchildren: Michael, Steven, Cam, Billy, Liam, John, Elyse, Packy, Anna, Katherine, Sean, Franny, Elia and Abby. He is also survived by his brothers, Tom and Joe O’Hara, and many nieces and nephews.

Diane was predeceased by her husband George, her son Bill and her sister, Margie.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Newport Hospital and Hopehealth Hospice.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 4pm-7pm at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, at Spring and Williams St., Newport. Burial will immediately follow at St. Columba Catholic Cemetery, 465 Brown’s Ln., Middletown.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: Edward King House Senior Center Memorial Fund, 35 King St., Newport, RI 02840 or, please see website www.edwardkinghouse.org

The Latest from What'sUpNewp

Snacks and other food items banned in the US

Stacker explores snacks and other food items banned in the U.S. From tasty cheeses to the famed Scottish dish haggis, these 30 foods aren’t welcome in most of the United States.

Jerry Frear: What is an intention in personal growth

When it comes to growth, setting intentions is essential. It helps focus on what we want to achieve, and make progress towards the goals. Without intention, it is easy to get sidetracked and lose sight of what we truly want to accomplish.


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in...

Memorial Funeral Home

This obituary was originally published by Memorial Funeral Home on www.memorialfuneralhome.com. It has been republished here with permission and at no cost.