Diana DeCristofaro of Medford and formerly of Oak Bluffs died on Oct. 16 after a long illness. She was 79.

She was born in Medford on July 6, 1943 to Jerry and Stella Prespolis DeCristofaro. She spent the majority of her life living on Third street off the Fellsway. She had many friends and family who spanned from the Boston area to Martha’s Vineyard.

Diana married Anthony (Tony) Navarro in 1962 and they had three children, Anthony Jr., Paul and Helene. They raised their children in Peabody and Diana commuted to work at Gillette in Boston, something of which she was very proud.

In 1988, Tony built their home in Oak Bluffs and they moved to the Island full time. Soon after, they opened the Taste of Italy bakery and espresso shop on the Oak Bluffs harbor. Diana became the town treasurer and made many lifelong friends on the Island, including Patricia Costa with whom she worked closely. She enjoyed Island life and was an avid beach bum, spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren at State Beach. In later years, she moved back to Medford but always loved coming to visit the Island.

She was a great host and loved to entertain and cook. She also loved jewelry, shopping and travel to warm places. She was proud of her Italian-Lithuanian heritage.

To know Diana was to love her. She was a spitfire and had a story for every occasion.

Diane loved her family and will be missed by them. She is survived by her brother Jerry DeCristofaro and wife Nancy of Medford; son Anthony Navarro and his wife Kim of Boxford, son Paul Navarro and his wife Kristine of Medford, and her daughter Helene Hall and husband Fred of Oak Bluffs. She leaves behind grandchildren Skylar Hall, Ryan Navarro, Adrija Navarro, Marjia Corriveau and her husband Justin, Danielle Sedlier Smith and her husband Nigel, and Jillian Sedlier-Clarke and her husband Travis; great-granddaughter Xena Clarke; and her nephews Jim and Rick DeCristofaro.

She is also survived by her ex-husband Tony Navarro Sr. of Ossipee, N.H., and many other family and friends including her best friends Rosemarie Catino Mauriello and Joan Ryder. She was predeceased by her parents Jerry and Stella, whom she adored.

A private memorial service will be held in the spring of 2023.