Visitation for Diane M. Connell (nee Hanck), 64, of Island Lake since 1987, will be held Monday, April 4, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 12:00 p.m. at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine. The Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie.

Diane was born May 12, 1957 in Elmhurst, and passed away March 29, 2022 at home in Island Lake.

Diane was the beloved wife of James F. Connell; dear daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (nee Hachmeister) Hanck; fond sister of Nick, Dan, and Dave.

Diane was a great cook, baker, and a creative gardener.  She enjoyed traveling, hiking, identifying plants, trees and birds.  Her favorite was autumn drives and visiting apple orchards in Wisconsin, especially with bakeries!

In recent years we spent much of our summer in Door Country enjoying Newport state park, art galleries, restaurants, sunsets over the lake and campfires with full moons.  She also enjoyed hiking at Glacial Park in Richmond and viewing the different migrating ducks and other birds.

She always looked forward to getting together with her friends that she had known for years.  Diane had a warm personality and sense of humor that made people enjoy being around her.  This was one of the many reasons I loved her and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.  We will all miss her very much.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the American Cancer Society, 1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60601