Diane 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.
Diane 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. Diane had a few initial teaching stops including Kerkoven, MN, and Kennedy, MN, but eventually settled in Blue Earth, MN in 1975. Diane 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.
Diane Stave will be missed, but her spirit lives on in the lives she touched.
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Diane Stave go to the the boxes to the right.
Please note: your online receipt will not have the honoree’s name – however your name with the honoree will be listed in the THANK YOU DONORS page for the family to see.
About Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR)
We collaborate with researchers and other organization to reach our mission and vision of finding treatments that will work. We have created the Leiomyosarcoma Tissue Bank for researchers to study our disease, the Leiomyosarcoma website for education and support at our leiomyosarcoma patient conferences, in Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, New York City, New York, and Maui, Hawaii. Please stay in touch with our website for more upcoming events sponsored by Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation.This fund was created out of love for Diane Stave to help others win their battle with leiomyosarcoma by funding LMS specific research. Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR) raises donations for Leiomyosarcoma research and patient support. We advocate directly with sarcoma researchers to study leiomyosarcoma. We offer the largest moderated support group online for leiomyosarcoma, where patients and loved ones get the latest LMS news and personal support. The LMSDR’s website offers local support groups, details of what we do, the research we have funded and many resources for the Leiomyosarcoma community. The LMSe Alerts is our monthly newsletter, offering more updated clinical trials, news and community events. The Leiomyosarcoma Lifeline is our new blog, featuring patient stories and our well-known Long Term Thriver stories.
Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research is an all volunteer organization which Diane supported. We are proud to have Patient Registry to collect data, and ran successful blood collections for study. We have brought patients and loved ones together from all over the minimal amount of expenses as possible, to ensure your money goes directly to funding promising research for leiomyosarcoma specifically. You can volunteer, put on fundraisers, promote LMS awareness and ask your employer for matched funds. Please consider making a donation and helping us Work, not wish, for treatments that will work for us. We have been a 501(C) (3) since 2006 and a tax-free charity.