Dian M. VanDerVolgen


Dian M. VanDerVolgen, 66, of Northville, passed suddenly on December 17, 2021,after a brief illness. Born in Schenectady to John and Jean Jurczynski (departed), Dian was a truly talented artist.

After attending Mohonasen High School, from pets to people, Dian began focusing exclusively on portraits; preferring Charcoal Dust (Google "My Life in Charcoal Dust" to browse her recent book), and also enjoyed working with Prismacolor markers.

In 1990, meeting and marrying Brett Allen VanDerVolgen of Colonie; then the overnight radio personality on Merv Griffin's 50k watt, FM powerhouse PYX106. "The Hittman's Lady of the Lake," was a National Blues venue featuring local and world renowned Blues artists on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Complementing one another's talents, together they created "The Capital Adirondack Scene Magazine;" a quarterly, featuring local and National music acts, as well as local businesses. The paper soon featured local celebrities and businesses, as well as National acts like Kiss, Sting, Collective Soul and Aerosmith.

Also an untrained chef, Dian was a great cook, and with Brett's marketing skills, they soon gave birth to "The Adirondack Elixir Company"; a line of their own unique and health-conscious dinner sauces/salad dressings and a line of tasty spice blends and meat rubs. Quickly they were welcomed around the North Country, and for 10 years, sold nearly exclusively at Lakeside Farms on Ballston Lake. Dian and Brett also had clients as a graphics and writing team; working for such area businesses as Kimberly's Day Spa, Loudonville, JJ Rafferty's, Latham and Maxie's on Wolf Rd.

Dian is survived by her beloved son Keith Richard and his wife Deanna, (nee Smith) of North Easton, MA, and their three sons, John, Michael and Benjamin. A stand-out athlete at Mohonasen, Keith earned a BA at SUNY Albany and is now VP of Eaton Vance Mutual Funds, Boston. She is also survived by two brothers, John and his wife Ann, and John's daughter Jennifer; Gary and his wife Staci and their two children Ally and Jack; and her sister and best friend Gail Jurczynski.

Often remarking how she loved animals more than people... Dian provided the logo for Schenectady's "Save the Geese Foundation," she dedicated her spare time to placing animals online and her beloved dogs. Donations in Dian's name should be made to "Pet Connection" care of Steve Caporizzo, or "Adirondack Save-a-Stray." May God grant you and your beloved animals, your Angel wings. A memorial service will be held in the Spring.

Guest Book

John Olenik

Dian was a beautiful spirit who always was willing to help troubled souls, and give of herself. She was a very unique gift from God to the people that knew her and loved her.
Goodnight sweet Princess, and may flights of Angels sing thee to thy eternal rest.