Diane R. Stave, Age 68, a retired high school teacher, passed away peacefully with family at her home in Minneapolis on September 30, 2011. Diane battled a rare cancer, Leiomyosarcoma, for over ten years. She was seen as an inspiration to clinicians, family, and friends for her approach to living during that ten-year period.
Diane was born April 12, 1943 and raised on the farm her grandparents homesteaded near New Effington, SD. 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, SD.
She attended rural school near her farm, Oak Grove high school in Fargo, ND, and graduated high school at Sisseton, SD. 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, MN, and Kennedy, MN, but eventually settled in Blue Earth, MN 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.
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.
She will be missed, but her spirit lives on in the lives she touched.
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