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Diane Oship, tutor, coach, mentor to young people

July 19, 1963 – Feb. 23, 2014

Diane C. Oship, of Lancaster, who worked with young people as a tutor, coach and mentor, died Sunday in Northgate Health Care Facility, Wheatfield, after a struggle with cancer. She was 50.

Born Diane Kopcho in North Tonawanda, she was a 1981 graduate of North Tonawanda High School.

She worked in human resources and accounting at several area businesses, most recently at CBO Glass in Alden and Mercantile Adjustment Bureau in Williamsville.

A baton twirler in high school, she coached teens in baton twirling for North Tonawanda Community Education from 1986 to 2007 and was Community Education Program coordinator from 2006 to 2011.

Introduced as a teen to Young Life, a Christian mentoring program for youth, she remained active as an adult and served as committee secretary for North Tonawanda Young Life.

She also was a past area governor for Toastmasters International, a member of the Chapel at CrossPoint and a computer tutor and instructor.

Her husband of 19 years, Mark, died in 2010.

Survivors include two sons, Matthew and Benjamin, and two brothers, Dean Kopcho and William Kopcho.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Parkway, Getzville.

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