SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Diana Matson, of South Salem, died Monday, Nov. 2 at the Westchester Medical Center.
She was born in Philadelphia, to Charles Matson and Joan Mansfield Matson. The oldest of three children, she devoted much of her own childhood to raising her younger siblings, Christopher and Audrey. As a teen, she lived with her paternal grandparents.
She won a full merit scholarship to Bryn Mawr and then Yale, where she entered a doctorate program in linguistics. She left during the last stages of her dissertation to begin a family. With her husband, Robert Visnov, she raised two children, David and Sarah. They moved to Chappaqua, and lived there for many years until their children left for college. She became a master gardener, acquired a degree in library science, attended graduate classes at Columbia University in art history and received a certificate in botanical illustration from the Bronx Botanical Gardens.
After her marriage ended, she began work at the Westchester Community College as an acquisitions librarian, and also taught English and Latin.
She married Robert Grambau in 2013, and they lived in South Salem. She began taking post-baccalaureate classes at Columbia University, studying advanced Latin.
She was the mother of Sarah Visnov, currently at SUNY Potsdam; and David Visnov of West Hollywood, Calif.; and sister to two siblings.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah. There will be a service at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 82 Spring St., South Salem. Interment will follow at the South Salem cemetery across the street from St. John’s Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 82 Spring St., South Salem, NY 10590.