Diane Fox, 59, RN, BS, MS, Clinical Nurse Specialist

POUGHKEEPSIE–Diane Jenny Fox, 59, of Germantown, died Monday, March 15, 2010 at Vassar Brothers Hospital after a long battle with cancer.Diane Fox

Mrs. Fox was born May 9, 1950 in Hudson.  She was the daughter of Marguerite (Hoffman) Riter of Germantown and the late Michael Stephen Riter.

Mrs. Fox graduated from the Germantown Central School in 1968. She was a graduate of Dutchess Community College with an associate’s degree in applied science and St. Francis College in Brooklyn, where she graduated with a bachelor of science. She graduated from the Roswell Park Memorial Institute with a degree in enterostomal therapy; Sage Colleges in Troy, where she received a master’s degree in science and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist; and until illness forced her to put aside her education, she matriculated into the Doctorate of Nursing Science Program of Sage Colleges in Troy.

A loving mother and grandmother, Mrs. Fox was a member of the Reformed Church of Germantown where she had taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Germantown Garden Club and received many awards for her floral arranging and was a former member of the Germantown Fire Company Auxiliary.

Mrs. Fox worked for 32 years at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston as the director (Clinical Nurse Specialist) of the G.I./Endoscopy Unit, which she founded. She taught on the adjunct faculty at Dutchess Community College in their nursing program. She was the Nurse Manager at the Bruggeman Center of Ellis Hospital in Schenectady and prior to her illness was a private consultant for Outcome Based Quality Improvement with the Columbia County Department of Health. She was certified in Wound Ostomy and Continent Practice and a board certified Gastrointestinal Clinician and Register Nurse. She lectured from coast to coast in the United States and in Russia on gastroenterology practices.

Mrs. Fox was a facilitator of the American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start cessation program; a spokesperson for Breast Cancer Awareness of Ulster Co.; a member of Ulster County Tobacco Free Action Coalition; a community educator; a member of the Board of Advisors, Ulster County American Cancer Society; advisor to the N.Y. State Department of Health Colorectal Education Workshop; and a United Way executive.

Mrs. Fox had been listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing. She received the Nurse of Hope award for Ulster County in 1991-93 and the N.Y. State Legislature’s 1994 Nurse of Distinction Award and was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing.

She and her husband, George, owned and operated the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Survivors in addition to her mother are her husband, George Fox, whom she married in Rhinebeck December 6, 1985; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Maryann Fox of Hyde Park; three brothers, Michael Riter of Hudson, Byron (Kathy) Riter of Elizaville and Stephen Riter of Germantown;  two sisters, Julie (John) Meacher and Susan (Michael) Riter-Bufi, all of Germantown; grandchildren Amber Fox, Courtney Fox and Michael Fox, all of Hyde Park; her brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Nancy Moore of Germantown; one aunt, Jeannine Mitchell of Chicago; her special friend Fr. Theodore Gerken of Germantown; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be at 11a.m. Saturday at the Reformed Church of Germantown. The Rev. David Tipple and The Rev. Mark Frickey will co-officiate.

Memorial donations are requested in Mrs. Fox’s memory to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), 383 Main Avenue 5th Floor; Norwalk, CT 06851

Condolences may be expressed at www.yadackfox.com


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