Diane Elizabeth Budkoski


On Monday, August 20th, 2018, Diane Elizabeth Budkoski, devoted wife and mother of four children, passed away at the age of 71. Diane was born on August 9, 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia to George and Ellen Kingston. 

She was the eldest daughter of three children and was very close with siblings Philip and Kathy. Diane graduated from Headland High School in 1965 where she was deeply involved in their cheerleading squad and then attended the University of Georgia where she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1969. At the University of Georgia, Diane was a member of Tri Delta and also met the father of her children, Robert Pritchard. Diane’s passion was raising her four children, with whom she lovingly stayed home. She then began her career as part of the front office administration staff at The Walker School in Marietta, Georgia where she loved interacting with families and making a difference for students. She was an avid reader, dancer, and passed on her love of sewing to her two daughters. In 1993, she met her late husband Chester (Chet) Budkoski.  She and Chet enjoyed not taking life too seriously and went snow skiing every chance they got, but their biggest joy was teaching Sunday school to preschool aged children at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. Diane had a vast friend network due to her sweet and caring nature and was loved by all who met her.

Diane is preceded in death by her parents, George and Ellen Kingston, and by her husband, Chet Budkoski.  She is survived by her children, Beth (Rob) Bush, Adam (Rebecka) Pritchard, Nathan Pritchard, and Melanie (Kyle) Wegner, step-children Amanda (David) Bauder and Chad Budkoski, grandchildren Skyla and Ashton Bush, Zachary and Samuel Cordover Pritchard, Audrey Pritchard, and Wesley and Maxen Wegner, step-grandchildren Noah, Stella, and Lance Budkoski, brother Philip (Nancy) Kingston, and sister Kathy (Paul) Benoit.

A service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 9:30a at Lakeside Funeral Home, 121 Claremore Dr, Woodstock, GA 30188. A graveside service will follow at 11:30a at the Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Scott Hudgens Dr, Canton, GA 30114. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation https://www.alzdiscovery.org/donate.

Scott Huskins Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements. 678.771.5566 | www.scotthuskins.com.

10 comments (Add your own)

1. Bob Drake wrote:
Always loved Dianne's sweet, caring nature. Rest in peace,
Bob Drake

Tue, August 21, 2018 @ 2:26 PM

2. Anonymous wrote:
Diane provided a wonderful guiding light at The Walker School. Peace, love, and prayers to the family.

Tue, August 21, 2018 @ 4:13 PM

3. Dorie Wiley wrote:
"Miss Diane" was such a part of the lower school at The Walker School. She had the most lovely collection of violets in the office. Thinking of her family and those close to her during this difficult time.

Tue, August 21, 2018 @ 4:26 PM

4. Sue Collerton wrote:
Rest In Peace “Miss Diane”. Your bright smile lit up the lower school.

Tue, August 21, 2018 @ 4:47 PM

5. Cathy Jackson wrote:
Someone so special will not be forgotten. Diane brought joy to everyone in the Walker Community.

Tue, August 21, 2018 @ 5:32 PM

6. Anne wrote:
My sister in every way. I loved her and her sweet spirit! Gone but never forgotten. I love you!

Tue, August 21, 2018 @ 5:41 PM

7. Sam Hussey wrote:
So kind and sweet, our Miss Diane took good care of her students and her faculty! She was loved by her Walker family. Peace to her family and friends.

Tue, August 21, 2018 @ 9:54 PM

8. Suz Waddington wrote:
Miss Diane always had a smile for everyone. The students loved their chance to read the morning announcements standing by her side. Miss Diane was a very special person and was loved by her Walker family.

Wed, August 22, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

9. Barbara Walker wrote:
I'm sure she is smiling down at all of those who think of her so fondly. It was my pleasure to work with her and know her as a friend. Loving memories.

Wed, August 22, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

10. Barbara Budkoski Davit wrote:
We were thrilled to have Diane as a member of our family. Diane was so very sweet and kind. She inspired me in many ways. She was a devoted mother to her children. She and her husband [my cousin] Chet were devoted grandparents. It was fun to watch Diane and Chet together, as they were so very much in love. They are together now.

Thu, August 23, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

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