On Monday, May 6th, 2019, Diane Hickling-Rechberger, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away at the age of 74. Diane was born on January 1st, 1945 in Paris, Arkansas to Raymond and Ann Gesell. Her brother Neal joined the family a few years later and the family traveled extensively, as her father was in the Army. She especially loved her years in Germany and Japan. Diane graduated from East High School in Pueblo, CO in 1963. She became pen pals with a boy named Steve Hickling and they fell in love and were married on June 29th, 1963. They lived in California for many years, raising their children, before Steve's death in 1982. Diane later married Fritz Rechberger, and they opened a restaurant in Huntington Beach, CA. Later they owned and operated a Bed & Breakfast Inn in Guerneville, CA, before they moved to Springdale, Arkansas. Fritz died in 2006 and Diane moved to Culpeper in 2016. Diane enjoyed traveling, reading, cooking, gardening, dancing, hosting parties, visiting wineries and local eateries, and spending time with friends and family. Her love of animals was always evident in the way she took in stray pets and nurtured them. Diane was a friend to everyone she met, fun-loving, beautiful inside and out, and known for her infectious laugh and kind and compassionate spirit. She will be sorely missed. Diane was preceded in death by her mother, father, brother and husbands. She is survived by her sons Todd Hickling (Jane) and Steve Hickling (Rachel); grandchildren Jordan Hickling (Brooke), Jessica Hickling-Mitchell (Tyler), Timothy Hickling (Lindsay), Amanda Hickling, Anthony Hickling, Alissa Hickling, and Arianna Hickling; great grandchild Montgomery Mitchell; brother-in-law Gary Hickling; sister-in-law Susan Gesell; and dear cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She has left behind a true legacy of love and compassion. A memorial celebration will be hosted by the family at The Refinery in Culpeper, VA on June 29th from 1p to 4p. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Diane's name to the Culpeper Humane Society.

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