Gail (Dianna) Diatz

Gail (Dianna) Diatz, 69 of Lexington Park, MD, formerly of Alexandria, VA passed away on November 17, 2020 at her home.

She was born on May 25, 1951 in Washington, D.C., to the late Norman S. Schlaifer and Ruth (Blum) Schlaifer.

Growing up in Silver Spring, MD, she studied art and graduated from American University. She had a unique, creative and vivacious spirit, and loved to engage and learn about others. Dianna, as she came to be known, was an extraordinary woman, passionate about art, writing, and connecting with other people, and a devoted cat lover.

A talented artist, she created many beautiful pieces of art through painting and drawing. Another facet to her exuberant spirit was through acting. In varied performances, she came to know very well and enjoyed interacting with her fellow actors and actresses in The Newtowne Players, Lexington Park, MD. Dianna’s favorite role, played with great flair and energy in many places, was as Dolley Madison, the former First Lady.

She loved her nephew, Jonathan (Meredith), and nieces Elizabeth Finegold (Oliver), Jessica Frankel (Michael) and Stephanie Nadler (Arny), and adored her grandnieces and grandnephews.

Dianna is survived by her siblings, Alan N. Schlaifer (Carol Tobin) of Bethesda, MD and Roger L. Schlaifer of Amelia Island, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services and a celebration of her life will be online on Zoom on Sunday, November 22, at 1:00 pm EST. As she was colorful in every way and never wore dark or black outfits, those who join us are encouraged to wear bright colors in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to one of her favorite places, Annemarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD ( or to a charity of your choice.

Condolences to the family may be made at

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

**Alan Schlaifer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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