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Diane Marie Bedard, age 77 of Port Huron, and formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Friday, April 21, 2017 at Regency on the Lake in Fort Gratiot, Michigan. She was born March 31, 1940 in Detroit, daughter of the late Victor Joseph and the late Kathleen Clothilde (nee: O'Connor) DeSchryver.

Diane Marie (DeSchryver) Bedard was born March 31, 1940, the eldest in a large Catholic family. She grew up in Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park, and attended Dominican High School and Marygrove College, where she earned her Bachelor Degree with a major in French as well as her teaching credential. One of the fondest memories of her college experience was the time she spent studying in Quebec, Canada.

After graduating, Diane worked as a teacher in the Fraser Public Schools, and at the Academy of the Sacred Heart (now Grosse Pointe Academy), until she met and married her husband, Joseph Raymond Bedard. From that point forward she devoted herself to being a full-time wife and mother, dedicated above all else to providing education, security and love to her children. She sacrificed constantly so that her children could have the benefit of her time and resources. This sacrifice and love not only created a warm and wonderful childhood for her children, but instilled in each of them a dedication to a life of service.

Diane was intelligent, energetic, and always interested in learning and enjoying something she'd never done before. Whether it be canning, pickling, making homemade sausage, creating mix tapes (long before it was in vogue to do so), starting a tank of tropical fish, playing Mah Jong, studying wildflowers and birds, or installing bookshelves in the wall, she always wanted to figure things out and give her family a new hobby and opportunity for fun. When her children got a bit older she worked part-time in religious education at Our Lady Star of the Sea school in Grosse Pointe Woods, and taught there and later at St. Matthew School in Detroit.

Her Catholicism was deeply important to her, and she was passionate about supporting and advancing the spirit of Vatican II in her faith life and in her lay ministry. A longtime member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores, she engaged in spirited debates while serving on the Worship Committee. She loved pastoral music and sang in the Women's Choir as well as serving as piano accompanist for the Guitar Group for several years. She was an enthusiastic attendee of Grosse Pointe Woods city council meetings and fought to improve the traffic flow near her home for the safety of the neighborhood kids. She was deeply reverential of tradition, but at the same time prided herself on being a rebel and agent for change.

In later years, after her husband died, she moved to Port Huron to be closer to her children who now live there. She indulged a lifelong fascination for boats, ships, and water by sitting quietly in Pine Grove Park doing needlepoint or reading while watching the freighters pass by.

Diane was genuine, always standing honestly and fearlessly for what she thought was right. Yet she was able to combine this vigor with a gentleness and openness that put everyone at ease. Relatives, friends, coworkers, neighbors could regularly be found sitting at her kitchen table seeking advice, solace, or just a couple of hours in the presence of her stability and positive outlook. She was, above all else, a mother.

Diane's life was an authentic testament to everything she believed and valued, and her legacy is a love of life, learning, and care for others. She will be deeply missed, but she's not really gone.

Diane was the beloved wife of the late Joseph. Loving mother of Anne Marie Bedard, Paul Bedard, and Joseph Bedard. Dear sister of Dennis (Diane) DeSchryver, Mary Jo (the late Michael) Wyels, Kathleen DeSchryver, Joseph (Teresa) DeSchryver, Celeste (Thomas) Mueller, and the late Thomas (Julie) DeSchryver. She is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation (Day 1) will be held Wednesday, April 26th from 3-8 pm at the Smith Family Funeral Home, 1525 Hancock St., Port Huron, MI 48060.

Visitation (Day 2) will be held on Thursday, April 27th from 3-9 pm, with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

Mrs. Bedard will lie in state on Friday from 9:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Blasé Catholic Church in Sterling Heights. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Capuchin Ministries, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207.

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