Diane Bechtler

Obituary of Diane Hoover Bechtler

Diane Hoover Bechtler, 71, of Charlotte, NC, passed away May 18, 2023, in Charlotte, NC. Born in Asheboro, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Roy Hoover and the late Betty Hoover.

Diane was a whirlwind of energy, activity and liveliness. She graduated summa cum laude from Queens University at the age of 52. Then, even after becoming physically disabled, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Queens in 2007.

Diane was a passionate and accomplished artist. She excelled in sculpting with clay and created fascinating and beautiful artwork. Some of her happiest moments were spent each summer in the clay studio at the Penland School of Craft.

She was also a gifted writer. Many of her stories have been published in print and online journals. Diane’s dystopian novel, “One Shot,” drew the attention of several literary agents. Regretfully, it remains unfinished at the time of her death.

In the face of her disability, Diane continued to do the things she loved until the end. Her courageous determination to never give up will be remembered always by those closest to her.

Diane is survived by her loving husband, Michael Gross, son, Jayson Knight, sister Darlene Turner, brother Keith Hoover, niece Rebekah Turner and nephews Brandon Hoover, Cameron Hoover, Aaron Turner and three grand nephews and many friends.

The family will receive friends from 1pm to 2pm on Saturday, May 27, 2023, with memorial services following at 2pm in the chapel at Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Diane’s name to a Roof Above, 1210 N. Tryon St. Donate online at roofabove.org.

Online condolences may be made at www.HankinsandWhittington.com.

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