Diane Peterson


Diane Peterson, age 71, of Wakonda, SD passed away surrounded by her family at Sacred Heart Hospital early Friday, July 27, 2012.  Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, Vermillion, SD with Rev. Anna M. Peck officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Vermillion, SD. Visitations will begin at 5 PM, Monday, July 30, 2012 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, with a Scripture service at 7 PM.  Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Diane (Mary Diane) Deniger was born October 28th 1940 in Yankton to Al and Louise (Keller) Deniger.  Diane grew up in Yankton spending much of her childhood at her Grandma Keller's and with Grandma Deniger in Watertown.  Diane attended Sacred Heart School and Mount Marty College.  She graduated with a teaching degree.  Diane taught in Springfield and Gayville. She married John Peterson May 6th 1967, 3 children were born to this union, Theresa, Meredith and Chad.

Diane worked at Wakonda Heritage Manor, Sunset Manor and Ability Building Services, she retired in 2010.  She was a member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church and served on the Wakonda American Legion Auxiliary.

Diane enjoyed reading "trashy" romance novels, playing cards and board games with her kids and grandchildren.  She would never turn down an invitation for a trip to a casino. After Diane retired, she liked to coordinate lunch dates with her girlfriends from her farming community.

Diane is preceded in death by her mother and father, her brother Robert Deniger, her brother-in-law, Joe Johnson and her granddaughter, Jordan Peterson.

Diane is survived by her husband John of 45 years of Wakonda; three children: Theresa and David Gustafson of Greenbrier, AR, Meredith and Jeff Hunhoff of Yankton and Chad Peterson of Quitman AR; Grandchildren include Clay and Amanda Gustafson and Reid, Kendra and Walker Hunhoff; one brother, Dennis Deniger of Lakeville IN; two brothers-in-law, Sterling (Virginia) Peterson of Wakonda and Stanley Peterson of Vermillion; three sisters-in-law, Laura Johnson of Platte, Martha Peterson of Vermillion and Arlene (Tom) Termes of Vermillion and many nieces and nephews.

Diane would like everyone to know that she loved her grandchildren and is very proud of them.

Memorials may be sent to the Avera Health Foundation.

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