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

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.

Examples of Dianne’s work may be viewed on her website:  
DianneVotteroDockery.com .

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

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
Big Family Mission, 83 Boy Scout Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.

Dianne Vottero Dockery