Diane B. Christenson

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Diane Barbara Dickman Christenson, 82, died Monday, Aug. 15, at her home in Monona. Diane was born Sept. 5, 1939, in Monona, baptized Oct. 1, 1939, and confirmed May 21, 1953. All of Diane’s church acts were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona. She graduated from MFL High School in 1957. During her high school years, she loved playing basketball and received honors in tennis and softball. After graduation, she packed her bags and moved to Minneapolis. She got a job as a secretary for an insurance company then soon after met her husband of 32 years, Jimmie D. Christenson. From this union one daughter, Sara Lee, was born Sept. 22, 1961. Jim and Diane relocated back to Iowa in 1982 to help family and then took ownership of the Colonial Motel in 1984.  


Diane enjoyed spending time with her coffee circle of friends. Diane was a charter member of the St. Paul’s Bell Choir, which she was so proud of. She loved frequent family functions and treasured her visits and trips with her sisters. Diane was a number one fan to the Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. She could talk “sports” with the best of them. She was involved in healthcare, served as an EMT and CNA in Minnesota, worked at Monona Wire and was a resident aide at Walter Schmitt Assisted Living in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Diane was proudest to say she was a cancer survivor.


Diane felt great joy in giving generously no matter what the event. She was as well a strong willed, independent woman, where her character was respected by her family and friends. We will truly miss her spunk and wittiness.  


Diane is survived by her daughter, Sara (John) Wagner of Monona; three grandchildren, Lindsay (Jared) Krambeer of Monona, Caleb Wagner of Monona and Bailey (Curtis) Engen of Giard; three great-grandchildren,  Nicklaus and Benjamin Krambeer and Skyler Lin Engen; two sisters, Karon (Jerry) Dahlberg of Taylors Falls, Minn. and Sharon (Bob) Johnson of Star Prairie, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.


Diane is preceded in death by her parents, Arno and Helen Dickman; siblings, Duane Dickman and Marilyn Dickman Pape; one grandson, Seth Tyler Wagner; and a special niece, Nancy Pape Wirkler.


Funeral service was Aug. 22, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, with Rev. Erika Lenth as the officiant. Inurnment followed at Monona Cemetery, Monona.


Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona is assisting the family with arrangements.

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