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Mary Diane Kalnay

KALNAY, Mary Diane (née Upper)

Mary Diane Kalnay, age 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at Belleville General Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman, and her son JT. Mary Diane is survived by her brother Dr. Boyd Upper and sister-in-law Dale Kalnay. She was born on December 1, 1930, in Toronto and moved to Belleville with her family in 1939.

Mary Diane graduated from St. Michael’s High School in 1948. In 1955, she married Eugene Norman Kalnay and together they had six children. She dedicated her life to raising her family and later pursued a career in teaching. Mary Diane attended Lakeshore Teacher’s College and taught at various schools in Belleville for 32 years until her retirement in 2002.

Apart from her professional achievements, Mary Diane continued her education and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University in 1983. In 2006, she and Norman relocated to St. James By-The-Bay Village, where they enjoyed a peaceful life surrounded by nature and beautiful views of the Bay of Quinte.

Mary Diane was an active member of the Catholic Women’s League for over 75 years and was known for her kindness and compassion. She took pride in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild and served as an inspirational role model. Mary Diane will be deeply missed.

The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Belleville General Hospital for their exceptional care. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, followed by interment at St. James Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Burke Funeral Home.

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