Diane (Gambacorta) Brendza

September 19, 1966 ~ August 18, 2018 (age 51)


Diane Ann Brendza, age 51, of Park Ridge, lost her courageous battle with cancer on August 18, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Rich; and extremely devoted mom of Matt, Chris, and Will; dear daughter of Italia and the late Gino Gambacorta and daughter in law of Michael and Carol Brendza; fond sister of Carol (Jim) Durham and John (Cathy) Gambacorta; she was a loved and cherished aunt to Colleen, Kyle, Jimmy, Elizabeth, Patrick, Victoria, Alexandra, and Elizabeth, and great aunt to Henry. Diane was born and raised in Wilmette, graduated from St. Joseph Grade School, Regina Dominican High School, and St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana.She was always happiest at home with her husband and boys. The memories she gave to her family will be cherished always. She was a quiet woman who was always there for her family and friends, and always gave selflessly of her time. Her family meant the world to her, and she will be greatly missed. Rest in peace sweet Diane, you will always be in our hearts.  Family and friends will meet at St. Paul of the Cross Church 320 S. Washington Ave. Park Ridge, IL 60068 on Saturday, August 25th for a funeral mass at 12:00 noon. Interment private. Visitation at Simkins Funeral Home 6251 Dempster St. Morton Grove, IL 60053 Friday, August 24th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Mary's College 110 Le Mans Hall Notre Dame, IN 46556 or Stand Up To Cancer P.O. Box 843721 Los Angeles, CA 90084 appreciated. (847) 965-2500

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August 24, 2018

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Simkins Funeral Home
6251 Dempster St
Morton Grove, IL 60053-2818

Funeral Mass
August 25, 2018

12:00 PM
St. Paul of the Cross
320 S. Washington
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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