Passed on April 5, 2022
November 6, 1945 – April 5, 2022 Our hearts are broken to announce the passing of Diane Dziedzic after a courageous fight with brain cancer. Diane is survived by her husband Frank, daughters Dana (Walter) Stewart, grandsons Duncan and Cameron and daughter Darci (Ken) Loehmer, granddaughters Ella and Alexa. Her mother Martha Charison, sisters Linda (Bun) Baxter, Shelly Eros, Candy (Herb) Laszchuk and Kathy (Doug Bottrell) Cockerill and their families. Her memory will be cherished by her large extended Dziedzic family.
Predeceased by her father Oscar Marcil and son Bobby Speek.
Diane was born in 1945 and raised in the bog on the farm and spent most of her adult life there too. School was at Good Hope, Gunton and Teulon, where she is remembered as the girl with great baseball skills, spunk, rosy cheeks and a smile on her face.
She was a young single parent and she soon lost Bobby to a heart defect. She met Frank at Crabby Steve’s dance hall, marrying in 1968. Diane was French in heritage but embraced Frank’s Ukrainian roots when she married into a family with 23 children.
Mom and dad were a team, on the farm and off. Their first home was tiny, no indoor plumbing. As the farm grew in Komarno so did their family. In 1978 Diane’s father Oscar passed away and they moved back to the bog near Balmoral and started Oak Hammock Ranch, a large cow/calf operation, with gorgeous hay fields. Diane was a true farm wife – she ran the house, the books and took care of us all. From running for parts and making meals, she was an equal part to their success.
As hard as they worked, they made time for family and fun. They had a cottage in Petersfield, close enough that we could run back to the farm. They retired in Wytewold, building their dream home. They always had a camper or motorhome, ready for any fishing or road trip. For over 20 years August long weekend was at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, with Eddie and Helen and so many friends.
Mom didn’t embrace technology, never had a computer, cell phone or even an answering machine. But what she could accomplish with a phone book and land line was amazing. She helped plan the Veselka Ukrainian dance trips and competitions. She was always up for an adventure. With a map and a cooler, they’d let the road take them.
Family was most important to mom. She was always so proud of her girls and grandkids. She was who we called first with the good news and the bad. She always saw the positive in every situation and never dwelled on the bad. Life was too short. Mom loved to collect antiques and decorate. Give her a couple hours at an auction sale, she could always find a treasure. She had an amazing green thumb, winning awards with her show stopping gardens. She volunteered for years looking after the flowers at Rosewood Lodge.
Mom loved to travel and hated the cold so very winter was somewhere warm. Mexico for many years and then 15 years in Pine to Palm in Texas. But mom was just as happy with a weekend trip to Grand Forks with her girlfriends, where the shopping, beers and laughs were plentiful. Mom and dad made lifelong friends on their travels and stayed in touch with so many. She even played matchmaker with several couples, bringing Saskatchewan and Alberta farmers to meet her friends, and they ended up marrying a few of them!
Lions Manor in Stonewall has been their last home, and in Diane style she loved to go downstairs for coffee and make new friends. Diane was the most authentic person, never looking to impress. She was honest, opinionated and could tell a great story. The rosier her cheeks, the better the story after a couple of Coors Light.
Growing up she always said, I’m not your friend – I’m your mom. Sorry mom, this is the only time you failed. You ended up being our best friend. Our family has been blessed and our lives will never be the same without you. Mom you will live on in our hearts and memories forever.
If friends so desire donations can be made to the Interlake Community Foundation, Box 1575 Stonewall, R0C2Z0.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, April 8 at the Teulon Rockwood Centennial Centre, 14 Main Street, Teulon at 11:00 am.
Frank, Darci, Dana & families. Everytime we saw Diane at either a family gathering or different functions over the years she always had a great sense of humour; I will never forget her smile. Our condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Rest in peace Diane. Marlene (nee Shupenia) & Dennis Boblinski.
Sorry for this loss. Condolences from Sandy (Taplin) and Stuart Hallam
My condolences to Frank and family. Vaya con Dios mi amigo.
So many laughs when we were both in Scotland for World Curling.......and in a Scottish pub.Oh my...such good memories. I never saw Diane without a smile! Fly high with the angels Diane.
Joan L. Main
Dear Frank and Family We are sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Gary and Angie Moeller
Frank, Dana, Darci and families, I have many fond memories of Diane at various events with my parents in our younger days. She had the most infectious smile and was full of laughter and a good story. Deepest condolences to all during this sad time. Hugs
Louise Shupenia (Lorne Lavallee)
So sorry for your loss of your loving wife, Mom, Granddaughters and Aunt. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love Bob & Debbie Lotocki& Family
Condolence to Frank Dana,Darcy and families Diane is now at peace, free of pain and worry Romberg Diane always ,watch for a shadow over your shoulders as she is with you
Cousin Charlie Fletcher
My sincerely sympathy goes out to you Frank and family for the loss of your precious lady. Yes she certainly was a hell of a baseball back catcher. She saved many of our games. One will never forget those precious days together. Growing up on the bog, Diane and I spent many wonderful days getting into trouble. She will always be in our hearts. Love to you all. Ev Yarn
Evelyn Yarn (nee Fletcher)
My heart breaks hearing of the loss of a wonderful lady. ❤️ I met Diana when she first got sick at the hospital. We clicked right away she wanted books to read and I found her some I would go visit her several times a day as I knew visitors were not allowed we talked laughed she was a very positive beautiful lady I am happy I got to meet her always made my busy bad day happy I will never forget her. RIP Diana you were a wonderful person from what I seen in the short time I knew her Send my condolences to all of you she is now your guardian angel 👼 to her family and grandchildren.. send hugs ❤️❤️❤️❤️
What a beautiful history of your Mom! So many great memories!! Mine is of a friend and me heading up to the Teulon Pub EARLY to line up to catch the first ever "Male stripper!" Needless to say Diane beat us to the punch to be first in the door!! Great fun that night!!
Our sincere sympathy to you Frank & the girls & their families. We didn’t know Diane that well but certainly was a person that one liked first meeting. Our thoughts & prayers with all. Ron & Rose Martinuk
Ron & Rose Martinuk
Our condolences to Dianne's entire family. The world has lost a fantastic person and we will always miss her .
Tom & Barbara Bowman
The heart is truly a remarkable thing. It is relatively small in size, but is capable of holding so much love and so many memories and now each of our hearts will have their own special place just for Diane. That is where we will go to visit her, to remember how much she was adored, and to visit the moments that became amazing simply because Diane was there. So many Ukrainian dance memories and even more Ukrainian dance laughs! We also have so much gratitude as we were one of the lucky families who became whole again from the magic of Matchmaker Diane! You are missed already. But You will always be remembered and You will forever be loved.
Margaret, Serge, Michelle, Dominyk and Brenden
We are so sorry to hear about Diane’s passing. She was always so cheerful, with a big smile on her face. With sympathy, Rick and Cindy Grabowecky
Cindy and Rick Grabowecky
Our condolences to Frank and family. Diane was such happy and bubbly person. When we came through texas she would cook up some lake Winnipeg walleye for us. Go rest high on that mountain Diane
Joe and Rachel Tellier
Our thoughts are with you and your family. Diane will certainly be missed. Doug & Audrey Hogg
We had many good times with Frank and Diane in Texas. We will sure miss you, Diane. It was great that we had a visit last fall.
Malcolm and Dorothy Shaw
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Your Family, Sterling & Kimberley Blackner
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Your Family Sterling & Kimberley Blackner
Diane was always so friendly and so much fun to be around, we will certainly miss her. Our deepest condolences Frank and to all the family.
Randy & Karen Dewar
Our condolences to Frank and the girls. What an unforgettable lady! Having had Diane and Frank as winter Texan friends has been an honor. There never was a get together that didn't end up in laughter. She could tell the best stories at our morning coffee in the activity room and it will never be as entertaining. Rest in heaven my friend. Helga and JR Henkel
Helga & JR Henkel
Rene and I met Frank and Diane at Pine to Palm in Weslaco. Whenever they went to Carman to buy their flowers they would stop in Sanford to see us. We will miss Diane and unfortunately we are still in Weslaco and will miss the funeral. We will miss her dearly.xoxo. Rene and Terry Tallaire
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