on July 30, 2013 - 8:53 PM
June 7, 1954 – July 27, 2013
Diane Marie Liszka, of Lancaster, who followed up a career on the stage by becoming an award-winning sales representative, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 59.
The former Diane Bycina was first runner-up in the 1974 Miss Buffalo Pageant, was crowned Miss Polonia and was a Buffalo Ambassador Debutante.
Ms. Liszka became a professional singer and dancer, appearing in several local musical productions. She was part of the original cast of the locally produced nightclub revue “Bravo Broadway” and lived in Las Vegas for two years in the early 1980s while performing with the revue as it toured.
She returned to Buffalo with the production in 1982 and performed at Reuben’s Backstage and the Sheraton Hotel. She also sang with Frankie Valli at Melody Fair.
Born in Buffalo, she grew up in Kaisertown, attending St. Casimir’s School. She was a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School and Erie Community College, where she was elected to the Student Senate, serving as corresponding secretary.
After graduation, she worked for the City of Buffalo and was secretary to Council President Delmar Mitchell, then was a manager at the Radisson Hotel in Cheektowaga.
She later won top awards as a sales representative for Ingram Micro.
Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Edward J. Jr.; her father, John A. Bycina; and two brothers, John A. Bycina Jr. and Michael J. Bycina.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Casimir Oratory, Weimer and Casimir streets.