Diana O (Ottenmiller) A"Harrah

Born: Thu., Nov. 8, 1934
Died: Tue., Mar. 9, 2021


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 19, 2021
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Mar. 20, 2021
Location: Pine Grove Cemetery

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Diana Ottenmiller A'Harrah passed away peacefully on March 9, 2021, at the age of 86. Born November 8, 1934 to Irma and Edward Ottenmiller of Warren, Pennsylvania, Diana was raised by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. (Clement) Earl Ruland (Clara Bell—Grandma Bell). Diana was owner of the Russell Post Office, which was built for the Russell community by her aunt, Frances Ruland in the 1960s on land donated by Diana’s grandfather, C. Earl. She graduated from Warren High School in 1952, and attended William & Mary college. Diana was predeceased by her son, Ralph K. A'Harrah. Survived by husband Ralph C. A’Harrah and daughter Chris Ann Lee (Christopher), Gayle Aileen A’Harrah of Doylestown, PA, and Todd R. A’Harrah (Kelly), five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Diana was a loving wife and homemaker, and enjoyed surrounding herself with many beloved dogs and cats. She was a longtime caretaker of rescued animals. She enjoyed numerous trips at home and abroad with Ralph when he served on AGARD. Diana served as an Information Specialist at The Smithsonian Institute for 25 years. The family will receive guests at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 16th from 4pm to 6pm. Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home Inc., on Friday March 19, from 6 to 8 pm. A graveside service will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, PA, on Saturday March 20, at 10 am. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so by visiting www.petersonblickfuneralhome.com

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Michael Rubin
   Posted Wed April 14, 2021
Dear all: I am on staff at the Smithsonian with the Office of Visitor Services where Diana volunteered for literally decades.

I will always remember Diana as a sweet soft-spoken kind woman who was never anything but gracious to our staff, her fellow volunteers, and most importantly the thousands and thousands of visitors she served over the years.

I always enjoyed the time I spent with Diana and was very saddened to hear of her passing. I have passed the news along to other colleagues who would want to know.

I wish all of Diana's friends and family my deepest condolences. Please do not hesitate to stop by the Castle and say hello anytime (once we have reopened of course). It would be a pleasure to meet you.

Best wishes,

Michael Rubin
Lead Visitor Services Coordinator
Office of Visitor Services and Volunteer Management
Smithsonian Institution

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