Diane Marilyn Rava 52, passed away on Wednesday March 19, 2014, at the home of her sister, Deborah Hopps, in Round Rock Texas, surrounded by her loving family after a heroic battle with cancer.
Diane was born
in Constableville, NY, on August 13, 1961, a daughter of Edward M. and
Charlotte C. Ziankoski Rava. She grew up on the Rava Homestead farm
near Boonville, NY, and graduated from South Lewis Central High School,
Turin, NY, with the Class of 1979. Thereafter she continued her
education at Jefferson Community College and then Utica College, where
she studied White Collar Crime. Diane graduated Cum Laude from St. Leo
University, St. Leo, Fla, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in
Criminal Justice in 2011.
She moved to Buford, Georgia in 1983
where she met Bruce Potts. They married on December 31, 1990. On
July 29, 1985, Diane was accepted into the DeKalb County Police
Academy, and graduated in November, 1985. She had a very distinguished
career with the DeKalb County Police Department and received over 30
commendations in 30 years. In 1985 she started her career as a member
of the Uniform Division Patrol. From 1989 to 2003 she was a Burglary
Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division and received Top Honors
as Detective of the Year in 1998 and 1999. In 2003 she cleared 119
cases as a detective and recovered $166,531 worth of stolen property.
In 2003 she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and worked Uniform
Division, Patrol & was a member of the Training Review Board. In
2005 she was assigned to the Program Operations Division which supported
the District Attorney and Solicitor General 's Office. In 2006 Diane
was assigned to the Office of the Director of Public
Safety/Communications and served as Acting Commander of the 911
Communications Center, where she was responsible for the $23 million
Digital Radio System upgrade for the DeKalb County Police and Fire
Department. From 2010-2013, she served in the Investigations and
Support Services Division as Supervisor over all county business permits
to include taxi and wrecker services. Diane qualified with a 90% or
higher with her departmental issued weapon twice a year since she joined
the department. Diane stated frequently how much she loved her
job. She described herself as "black and white, direct, and always
doing the right thing ". She was extremely honest, you could have a
conversation with Diane - and knew it would absolutely remain private,
Diane loved her nieces and nephews and great nieces and
nephews; they were a very important part of her life. There were times
where she knew things before their parents! Diane had an uncanny
knack for delivering every story she told with every detail from start
to finish. You would be wanting to tell her…alright already just tell me
what happened! There was nothing that she loved more than an
interesting conversation with a good friend. Diane could have an
engaging conversation with anyone. Diane loved animals and
especially “her chows ". She was a member and past president of the
Chow Chow Fanciers of Atlanta, GA.
Diane grew up in a home where
the love of God was strong. She was an active member and greatly enjoyed
attending Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, Norcross, GA, Diane
enjoyed shopping, baking, traveling and working in her flower and
In addition to her husband, Bruce, of Buford,
Diane is survived by sisters Deborah Hopps and husband Rick, Austin, TX,
Denise Hawk and her husband, Pat, Umatilla, FL, Dawn and her husband,
Dennis, Boonville, her mother, Charlotte Rava, Boonville and many
special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was
predeceased by her father, Edward Rava, on January 22, 2000.
viewing for Diane with full Police honors will be held in Norcross, Ga.
at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, March
24, 2014. Church services with Police honors will be celebrated at Mary
our Queen Catholic Church March 25, 2014 at 2:30pm.
Boonville, NY will be held at the Trainor Funeral Home 143 Schuyler St.
from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on March 27, 2014. Funeral mass will be
celebrated at St. Joseph 's Catholic Church, March 28, 2014 at 10:00am
with internment at St. Joseph 's cemetery in the spring. In
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary our Queen
Catholic Church, 6260 The Co ers Pkwy NW, Norcross, GA 30092 or St
Joseph 's Catholic Church, 110 Charles St, Boonville, NY 13309.