Diane A. Piret
Diane A. Piret died in her home, with loving family members at her side, on April 15, 2015, after a nearly five-year battle against colon cancer. For the past 25 years, Diane was the Industry Membership and Affairs Director for the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), a leader in the rare-coin and precious-metals industry. Since taking that position in 1989, she truly was “the face of ICTA.” Diane received numerous awards throughout her career, including, most recently, the Professional Numismatists Guild’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Numismatic Association’s 2014 Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics, and the National Silver Dollar Round Table’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Born in Staten Island, New York on May 29, 1947, Diane graduated from Hunter College and spent the early part of her life in New York City, as a coin dealer and industry advocate, a field she would continue for 50 years. Moving to Louisiana for business reasons over 30 years ago, Diane found a personal home in the people, food, horticulture and lifestyle of New Orleans, and especially Mardi Gras. She always hosted friends and family for the festivities and, for many years, rode horseback with her Krewe of Napoleon. She often noted that she truly was a Southern belle who, through a strange cosmic mix-up, had been born north of the Mason-Dixon Line. She also enjoyed her membership in the local Toastmasters International club. Diane loved her dear neighbors in her community of Belle Chasse in Plaquemines Parish, and enjoyed tending her gardens, with a special affection for tulips, amaryllis’ and hibiscus. And Diane loved her church. A long-time member of Christ Church Cathedral, she was a member of the vestry, property committee, was a faithful acolyte and dedicated verger. Most notably, Diane was responsible for building the Cathedral’s annual rummage sale into a major fundraiser, allowing help to smaller churches in need and other ministries in the New Orleans area. Diane’s immediate survivors include her brother Keith Gould, sister Ellen Kennedy, sister-in-law Lisa Mazur, nieces Mary Ellen and Kathleen Kennedy, and a host of friends and neighbors. Diane also leaves her beloved Siamese cats, Sport and Angel, the last in a long line of cherished pets. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans, LA. A reception followed in the Cathedral’s fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, Diane wished to have donations sent to one of these favorite charities: Advent House c/o Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115 (please designate in your memo, “Advent House”), PAWS animal shelter, 455 F. Edward Hebert, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 http://paws4life.org/ To sign and view the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.