Dianna Lee Focht


Dianna Lee “Danny” Focht, 66, of Belle Center, passed away peacefully at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Lima Memorial Health System surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 13, 1952, in Lima, a daughter of the late Gerald M. and Carmen Joan Bodey Elsass. She was also preceded in death by two infant children, Amanda Jo and David Lester Focht and her in-laws, Lester and Jane Focht.

Dianna married the love of her life, David L. Focht on Feb. 16, 1980, in Cridersville and he survives. They were blessed to have shared 38 years together. Other survivors include a daughter, Susan (Chad) Frazier of Bellefontaine; two grandchildren whom she adored, Blake and Brayden; her twin sister, Deborah (Don) Lillard of Bellefontaine; and brothers, Rory “Chip” (LeAnn) Elsass of Wapakoneta and Shawn (Michael) Elsass of California and several nieces and nephews.

Dianna began working for United Telephone and retired after 27 years from Sprint Telephone. After retiring, she worked at Stemble’s Meats in Belle Center for 13 years. She loved watching The Ohio State Buckeyes with her husband and grandsons. She enjoyed watching her grandsons play sports and took pride in having the prettiest of flowers every season. She also had a passion for decorating for all the holidays. She had been a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Cridersville.

Per Dianna’s wishes her body will be cremated and a Celebration of her life will be held later for her family and friends to attend. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery, West Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; and Lutheran Community Services —along with Our Daily Bread — 223 Oakland Square, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.

Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, assisted the family. Express condolences at www.edsfh.com.