Dianne Vottero Dockery, age 70, of Kutztown, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, June 20, 2014. She had been diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer on April 22 of this year.
The daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Midway) Vottero, Dianne was born June 5, 1944, in Shamokin, PA, and spent most of her early school years in the Harrisburg area, where she graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School.
Dianne’s passions included art, teaching, giving, her family, and her Lord Jesus Christ.
Her artist statement: “Early in life, very early in fact, I wanted to be an artist. A set of conte crayons passed down from an immigrant Italian uncle and my grandmother's recycled butcher's paper were all the tools that a three-year old needed to launch out as a visual artist. I decided to pursue a career in the visual arts, a path from which I have not digressed in 40 plus years. It is a joy and responsibility to work out visually the talent God knitted into my being… to express hope, faith, and love.”
Dianne graduated from York Academy of Art and received her MFA from Syracuse University. Early in her career as an artist, Dianne owned and operated Colonial Quill Associates, a design studio and advertising agency located in Gettysburg, PA.
She taught various graphics arts courses at the Art Institute of York. In 1985, she joined the faculty of the Communications Design Department at Kutztown State University, serving as assistant professor.
Following her retirement from Kutztown University due to a disability, she devoted much of her time to creating art, specializing in fiber art and clay monoprints. Many of her pieces have been exhibited in juried fine art shows throughout the country.
Dianne also taught courses in fiber art design, and actively participated as a professional member of the Studio Art Quilters Association and Edge Art Quilters. Other professional art affiliations included Christians in the Visual Arts, American Craft Council, the National Collage Society, and Goggleworks.
After her retirement from Kutztown University, Dianne continued to use her gift for teaching. She was ordained as a minister, and served as teaching pastor at the Lighthouse Community Church, Lyons, PA. She also served as secretary, elder, and board member at Lighthouse.
Dianne and her husband Ken were called to begin a ministry to orphans in 2002, and a year later, they formed Big Family Mission, a mission society outreach to orphans in Russia, India, and around the world. Today, Big Family has many supporters throughout the USA and around the world, and continues to actively help with orphan ministries in Russia and India.
Dianne and Ken started the “northeastern branch” of an adoption hosting program for Eastern European Orphans, which later grew into Open Hearts and Homes for Children. Dianne served as a board member and treasurer for Open Hearts and Homes. She also co-founded and was secretary of Orphan Love International.
Dianne loved giving to others, and she was always delighted when she could give a surprise gift to someone in need… and to give it anonymously.
Dianne’s “life verse” was Isaiah 61:1: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison doors to those who are bound….”
Dianne’s quick wit, beautiful smile, and always-encouraging personality will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Her family survivors include: husband Ken, of the home; four children, Angela Handley of Fall Branch, TN, Jodi Voletto of Womelsdorf, PA, Kevin Dockery of Greensboro, NC, and Sean Dockery of Pinellas Park, FL; 11 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren; her mother, Catherine Basalego, of Venice, FL, and two sisters, Kathy Markle of Prescott Valley, AZ, and Pamela Faust of Lewistown, PA.
A memorial service will be held at Lighthouse Community Church, 5 Penn Street, Lyons, PA, on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Her family will receive friends at the church one hour before the memorial service.
Those wishing to commemorate Dianne’s life may make a donation to Big Family Mission, 83 Boy Scout Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.