Obituary for Diane Achtenberg Godwin (Achtenberg)
Good bye crazy world, I'm off to meet my maker. After a wonderful life, lived my way, I have departed Earth to join my heavenly father. I left on November 25, 2014 from my home. I arrived on earth August 24, 1945 in Noranda, Quebec. Shortly after my parents, Norman (1980) and Mable (Leeder - 2007) moved back to their hometown of Pembroke, Ontario. I attended elementary and high school there along with my three sisters Gail (Al Landry), Linda (Don Kruschenskie) and Melanie. My son Bradley Norman Achtenberg arrived in early 1965. I then spent a few years working for Cockburn and Archer while perfecting my skill as a single mom. When Brad was ready to start kindergarten, I returned to school. I graduated from Carlton University with a B.A. in 1973. I joined Bell Canada and worked various management jobs in Engineering, Personnel, Operator Services and Bell Sigma prior to my retirement in 1997. Brad was excited about moving to North York in 1974 so he could enjoy many outings with his cousins Debra, Brenda, Susan, Greg, Brent and Darrin K. He also established long term friendships with his buddies Doug, Dave, Andrew, Al and Mike. Brad enjoyed his summers at Round Lake while I got to spend vacation weeks and long weekends there as well. Finally we moved to Whitby in 1990. Soon after, Brad was ready to start his own life (own family). I tried to block his exit, however he managed to fly to coupe. The Almighty Father shone his light on me once again. I met Wayne Charles Godwin at a single dance. I knew immediately that I would marry this guy. I think it was the big smile, dimples and bear hug. Remember if you get the change to sit out or dance, PLEASE DANCE. Wayne and I married in May 1993. It didn't hurt that Wayne loved to cook and I was better at take out. I met Wayne, son Jonathan and granddaughter Tiffany. Soon Christopher and Victoria followed. We spent many fun times at Wayne's cottage on Pine Lake. In 1997 I retired after Adam William Achtenberg arrived. Being a care giver was not in the cards so Wayne retired and we started travelling - cruising was the best. We moved to Port of Newcastle in 2002. This allowed us to travel to Florida each winter and renew my life long friendship with Phyllis (Huggett/Trottier) and Jack Klemmer. Weather was not always warm in the Pan Handle but we made many friends, American, Canadian and local friends in Destin. We then heard about Thailand and decided to investigate. Again we made many friends from Asia, Europe, Australia and western Canada. I loved the beautiful beaches. Finally I was living my dream of being a beach bum in my bikini. I would be remiss not to mention Waynes extended family. His parents Charlie and Rita (Cackleberry) Godwin from Port Hope, Ontario were a true love story. They died within five weeks of each other in 1996 after sixty years of marriage. Despite a few set backs, they taught their kids to love, laugh and pray unconditionally. I was overwhelmed with the support extended to me by Wayne's siblings Sharon and Dave McElroy Kim Barnhardt-Riley and Quinn) and Shannon McElroy. Peter and Linda Godwin and daughter Sarah & Stephen Godwin-Sens along with their three daughters (Jane, Julliet and Josephine) along with son Scott and Luc. Patricia and Brian Tatlock and daughters Ahsley & Brad and Kirsty. Our family has grown thanks to our great gandkids; Tiffany and Reggie (Nathan and Brooklyn) and Kristopher and Laureen (Kristen) Jon has found his true love Sheila. Victor is still single. My new found friends have been God sent. The Lord never closes one door without opening another. Thanks to Liz and Larry Sharp and LuAnn Wagner and husband Dale Crowder for the good times we have enjoyed while residing in the Port of Newcastle. Nancy (Brose) Briscoe and Barry of Pembroke continues to keep in touch we have been friends and neighbours since 1951. Joan Ross, Shirley Silver (Loren) have provided support. Last but not least, I am forever grateful to Dr. Stwardson and team at the Newcastle Medical Centre, Dr. Jeffre Rothenstein, my Medical Oncologist and Dr. Myrehaug, my Radiation Oncologist at Lakeridge Health. Dr. Das the Neurosurgeon at St, Michaels Hospital and his team and finally Dr. Solomon at Sunnybrook Hospital. One last note, Brad finally got it right and married Nancy in 2002. Chelsea Irvine officially joined the family. Also, I appreciated the love and support of my niece Brenda and Glen Garden (Jennifer, Jamis and Spring) during my life long journey. Cremation has taken place. Please make donations to War Amps, Bill Kids Helpline or the Canadian Cancer Society. Please join in the celebration of Diane's life at Frosty John's Pub, 100 Mearns Ave, Bowmanville on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 2-4pm. Love Diane.
Diane, I wish you health and a little wealth and spiritual guidance too, with some few friends for certain ends, but little cause to need them. Love Dad. January 2, 1959.