Diane Beryl Jovanovich

Oct 19, 1939 – Apr 15, 2019


Diane Beryl (Beaton) Jovanovich was born October 19th, 1939 in Vancouver, Canada and passed away in her sleep on April 15th, 2019 in Federal Way. At a young age, her family moved to the Seattle area. She became a US citizen along the way and graduated from West Seattle High School. At the age of 17, she was introduced to the love of her life, Joseph Jovanovich, whom she said she knew she wanted to marry after their first date. They were married on May 23rd, 1959 and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary next month.

Together, Diane and Joe raised three sons and a daughter. Money was tight raising four children, but their kids never knew that. Summers were spent camping at Salmon La Sac, Wish-Push and Squilchuck as well as hiking numerous mountains and fishing at Beehive Lake. The family spent hours around campfires, roasting marshmallows, making s’mores and the infamous “slugs” filled with jam as they talked about a million things. Afternoons camping at Salmon La Sac were spent inner tubing down the river in a big, long chain of Jovanovich’s (and friends), with everyone hooked together by hands and feet, with mom laughing and smiling. She often said those were the best times of her life. She loved the quiet of the woods, listening to the wind blow through the trees, the birds chirping, and the chipmunks and squirrels running around.

Mom believed that a woman could do pretty much whatever a man could. Side by side, she and Joe would cut, split and stack wood for their fireplace. She went elk and deer hunting with Joe and many times had to help carry out the game from miles back in the woods. In 1997, Joe and Diane purchased 10 acres in Teanaway, Washington. It was a long-time dream of Mom’s to have a cabin in the woods. Prior to the cabin being built, Diane, Joe and each of their children had travel trailers on the property. There were huge family breakfasts every morning, where Mom painstakingly cut up huge bowls of fresh fruit to bring down to the table. Once the cabin was built, again she and Joe worked side-by-side for days on end finishing the interior and installing the flooring. Once completed, they were able to sit in the cabin they built together and enjoy watching the deer, elk and turkeys that lived on the property. Mom loved gardening and even in the middle of the woods she was able to grow her daffodils and tulips in the spring and always had beautiful potted plants on the deck.

Mom was known for her compassion for people and animals. For some reason, if there was a stray dog in the neighborhood, they always ended up at the Jovanovich house. This extended to birds as well. She befriended a crow, whom she named “Caw”, that would come to her and land on her arm. She once found a baby bird that had fallen from a nest, so she went out to the yard to dig up worms to try and feed it. Having compassion for even the smallest of God’s creatures, she would pick worms out of mud puddles and put them on the ground so they wouldn’t die. Somehow, animals knew she was a protector. She would cry at commercials, especially the ones about mistreated animals. She made sure some of the charitable donations they made went to ASPCA.

Diane was a loving and supportive wife and mother. She is survived by her husband Joseph, sons Joe (Helen), Mike (Roxann), David (Carey) and her daughter, Teresa Harberg (Mikeke); six grandchildren David, Jennifer, Joshua, Michael, Melissa and Stephanie;  step-grandchildren Thomas Harberg, Neil Carza and Mike Davis; andand great granddaughter Anna. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She joins her brother Tommy, sisters Donna, Shirley, and Beverly in Heaven. We love you Momma and know we will be reunited again someday.


K. Williams
Natchez, MS
Jun 17, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please keep in mind that God will heal your broken hearts and will strengthen you during this difficult time. (Psalm 147:3) To find out more regarding the hope for the dead, visit JW.org and search “death”.

Ty S.
Seattle, Wa
Apr 24, 2019

I would like to express condolences to the family concerning your loved one. May the Father of tender mercies comfort you in your trials as you comfort others.

Shaney Witzenburg
Clive, IA
Apr 20, 2019

My Auntie Diane will be greatly missed but her warmth, kindness and gentle spirit will be remembered forever.

With my love and deepest sympathy as we remember such a beautiful soul.

RIP auntie Diane.. I’ll never forget you!!

Rhonda Raglon
Apr 19, 2019

Those we love are never really gone.

They have a cherished place in our hearts where they will always be remembered.

We are sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Gladys.

May the family find peace.

With Love

Marian, Karen,Rhonda,Marlene and Brenda Dean Sylvan

Aileen Blanc
Kaneohe, Hi
Apr 18, 2019

God bless Diane. She was a the dearest, sweetest

soul. She was a loving mother and a dear friend.

She will be missed by all who knew her.

With deepest sympathy to Joe and all the family.

Aileen Blanc

Steven Firth
Graham, WA
Apr 18, 2019

I know we didn’t talk much but I’m going to miss you so much Auntie Diane! I’ll always love you and have nothing but fond memories. Say hello to the rest of the family for me. I’m sure you are all having a beautiful reunion. See you soon!

Shaney Witzenburg
Clive , IA
Apr 17, 2019

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