Diane was born April 12, 1943, and raised on the farm her grandparents homesteaded near New Effington, S.D. All four of her grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Norway in the late 1890s. Her parents were Ted and Josie (Haugen) Stave, and they farmed on the Stave homestead until the death of her father. She was proud of her heritage and the way of life growing up on a farm, whether it be playing with friends in the prairie grass as a child or driving a grain truck to the elevator. Her paternal grandfather was a founding member of the Ferkingstad Church that had as its goal the teachings of the Lutheran faith. Later in life Ferkingstad merged with other rural churches to form a new church which is now Faith Lutheran in New Effington.
She attended rural school near her farm, Oak Grove High School in Fargo, N.D., and graduated high school at Sisseton, S.D. She attended college at North Dakota State and Moorhead State to obtain her teaching degree and later a Masters Degree in Special Education. She had a few initial teaching stops including Kerkoven and Kennedy, but eventually settled in Blue Earth in 1975. She taught at the high school in Blue Earth for 25 years. As an English or Special Education teacher, her goal was to provide her students with the tools and confidence to succeed in life.
She is survived by her son, Jay and daughter-in-law, Kara, of Minneapolis; brother, Roderick (Joyce), of Park Rapids; nephews, Rick, of Moorhead, and Mark, of Portland, Ore.; and niece, Melodee Stave Waite, of Burbank, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at 1 p.m., in New Effington.
The family prefers donations/memorials in her name to: LMSarcoma Direct Research Foundation, www.LMSdr.org, PO Box 52697, Tulsa, OK 74152.
A special thank you to Dr. Levi Downs and the nursing staff of the Women’s Center at the U of MN for your support, dignity and openness. A separate gathering to celebrate Diane is scheduled at Hamilton Hall on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, from 1-3 p.m., in Blue Earth.
She will be missed, but her spirit lives on in the lives she touched.
Diane R. Stave, 68