Aniello “Neal” Dianese, 66, of Gilbertsville, husband of Barbara A. (Maderick) Dianese, was called home on Thursday, Oct. 28 at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Born in Rodio, Italy, he was the son of the late Alessandro and Anella (Dianese) Dianese.
Neal was a longtime member of St. Columbkill Catholic Church. He enjoyed participating in the Bucktown chapter of the Beer Tasters Club. He was an alumnus of Temple University (though a huge Penn State fan) and received his master’s degree in computer education from the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science in 1989. Neal worked as a teacher in the Owen J. Roberts School District from 1980 to 2012, where he volunteered for many extracurriculars in addition to teaching part-time at Reading Area and Montgomery County Community Colleges. He adored spending time with his grandchildren. Neal was an avid RVer and enjoyed hiking, gardening, house projects, and a nice cup of espresso.
Surviving with his wife are daughters Nancy Lynn Dianese, Laura Himler, wife of Christopher, and Sarah Wiemer, wife of Kestin; siblings Claudia Alfano, Gaetano Dianese, Antonio Dianese, Walter Dianese, and Annamaria Dianese; and grandchildren Austin, Riley, Casey, and Charlotte. He was expecting a new grandson in January.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 4 at 11:00AM at St. Columbkill RC Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown, with visitation at the church from 9:30AM to 10:45AM. For those attending, masks are encouraged to be worn. Neal will be buried in his native Italy at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Neal’s name to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or Feeding America, 1627 I Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20006.