Diane Mae Sternoff, 77, passed away July 2, 2021, at 3:15pm at Swedish Hospital, with her loving family by her side.
She was born on September 20, 1943 to Hy & Ida Markrack and raised in Bremer- ton, Washington. She graduated from West Bremerton HS in 1961. Diane went on to graduate from the University of Washing- ton in 1965 with a BA in Education and later received her MA in Education. While at the UW, she was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority.
She had a fulfilling life teaching for many years, and later retired in 2010 after teaching at Eastside Catholic High School for 21 years where she served as the head of the mathematics department. While at ECHS, one of her greatest joys was coaching the Math Decathlon team for 5 years, never finishing lower than 5th in the state.
She married Rick Sternoff in 1965, just before he left to serve in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Although separated for many years, their love grew stronger. Once his service was complete, they moved to Bellevue, WA. After the birth of their second child, they moved to Mercer Island where they lived for over 47 years. This year they celebrated 55 years of marriage.
Diane enjoyed tutoring and traveling. Together with her husband, they traveled to over 30 countries after retirement. Tutoring brought her much happiness. Several of her students obtained perfect scores in the Math category of the SAT. She found joy in wit- nessing students gain an understanding of complex math concepts.
She loved her friends and family fiercely and was loved by many. Diane is survived by her husband Rick Sternoff, two children, Jeff
and Jon Sternoff, her daughters-in-law Tami Sternoff and Julie Sternoff and three grandchildren, Madison Sternoff, Jake Sternoff and Joey McCracken. She is also survived by her be- loved service poodle, Sammy.
The funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Butterworth Funeral Home – Arthur A Wright Chapel. The burial took place afterwards at the Hills of Eternity cemetery.
The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of donations to the Wounded Warriors Project.