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Dyan Schwall

November 26, 1926 ~ March 01, 2020

Dyan Schwall, 93, of Vero Beach FL, beloved wife of 37 years to Herman K. Schwall, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at her home with loving family members at her side.


Dyan (Dobrozensky) Schwall was born on November 29, 1926 to John and Rose Dobrozensky of Enfield, Connecticut. The last surviving sibling in her immediate family, Dyan is predeceased by her brothers Raymond Dobrozensky, John Dobrozensky, Walter Dobrozensky, Rudy Dobrozensky, Fred Dobrozensky and Herbert Dobrozensky and her sisters Leona Flossey and Renee Krim.


Dyan was born in the rural Hazardville area of Enfield, Connecticut, the youngest daughter of European immigrants and the last surviving sibling of nine children. Her early home life embodied Old World family values that stayed with her a lifetime, with hard work and caring for her family always at the core. As a young woman with aspirations for a career as well as for a family, she left her farmstead for New York City and before long, fate would pull her eastward to Long Island. Here she found the place where she would live a good life, raising her six children and creating a beautiful family home in Southampton NY. With her beloved mother Rose always close by, her siblings and their families remained an integral and robust part of her life to the end.


A true pioneer for her time, Dyan found a way to flourish in both her career in the women’s fashion industry and as contributing member of her local community. Her passion for beauty, nature, and the finer things in life aligned perfectly with the art, culture, and verdant landscapes of the Hamptons, serving as the ideal backdrop for her life. Never mediocre, or average, or even on-trend, Dyan’s signature style was one of classic elegance and her flair for entertaining was legendary, as were the epically famous creations that came from her kitchen. She held herself to a high standard in everything she did – from cooking and managing her households to maintaining a daily fitness regimen right up until her passing.


Later in life, she traveled extensively with her beloved husband Herman from their home base in Manhattan NY, eventually settling in Vero Beach FL where they enjoyed many serene years by the sea with frequent visits from family and friends. Dyan’s deep love for her husband, her children, and other family members with whom she cultivated uniquely special yet different relationships, will serve as an eternal testament to her commitment to the highest good for those she loved and cared for.


Besides her husband Herman, Dyan is survived by her four sons – James DeCristofaro and his wife Amaryn of Alexandria VA, John DeCristofaro of Miami FL, Christopher DeCristofaro and his wife Margaret of Southampton NY, Joseph DeCristofaro and his wife Maria of Southampton NY – and her two daughters – Catherine deCristofaro of San Francisco CA and Susan Harris of Mountain Home AR – her six grandchildren – James, Jeff, Michael, Shannon, Cameron and Alexa – and three great-grandchildren – KC, Oakley, and Hudson, as well as her deceased brother Herbie’s wife Joyce Dobrozensky of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and her many nieces and nephews.


The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to their friends at Sea Watch for all of their love and support.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.


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Walter Locke

March 3, 2020, 9:30 pm

As you all know Dyan was a one in a kind. I always enjoyed running into them going or coming from town or their walks on the beach and Dyan always welcomed a big hug. She will be missed! And I will especially miss seeing them walking to the crossover hand in hand. Such a great couple. Walt & Kathy Locke from Sea Watch

Stanton Levin

March 3, 2020, 11:26 pm

Dyan. I loved you. There was just something about you that brought that out in me. You’ll be missed. Bon voyage.

Mike C

March 4, 2020, 12:41 am

We loved sharing time and events with Dyan – all was so wonderful- with special memories of her delicious cream puffs

Dean and Robin Mickley

March 4, 2020, 2:47 pm

Herman and children of Dyan please know we are surely going to miss that smile and hearing her voice. She always called us the kids as we were the youngest of sea watch. I can see her waving at us through the kitchen window when we arrived from ohio. What an inspiration she was to us. Always positive and happy and yes ornery. Her an my husband were always teasing each other. She will be greatly missed. Know that she loved all of you. She talked about her children a lot! A great lady inside and out. With sympathy Dean and Robin

Margaret & Dick McDermott

March 5, 2020, 2:42 pm

My husband Dick and I have known Dyan for many years.
We have shared some great times together.
She was an inspiration to all of us.
She loved her family and you were all there for her when she needed you most.
We miss seeing her taking Herman to the crossover at the beach almost every day.
She lived a long and happy life.
Margaret & Dick McDermott, Sea Watch.

Leo & Shirley Wyrembek

March 6, 2020, 4:16 pm

Leo & Shirley wyrembek

we really enjoyed our friendship with Dayan and. Herm all those wonderful years at Seawatch, the dinners at Coconut Grove, and all the famous baking she shared with us. what a delightful lady, always smiling and having a Ball. we will miss her,a great Lady and a good friend.

Gigi Harold

March 9, 2020, 1:34 am

My days of knowing Dyan go back to meeting her in the early 80’s and we walked the beaches of Water Mill (Eastern Long Island, NY) and then of course in Vero Beach at Sea Watch. Had so many great get togethers when I rented there at Sea Watch for 14 years. She was not only a good friend – but a wonderful, warm and caring person. I will never forget her.

Gigi Harold

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