Diane Lynn Pederson of Detroit Lakes, Minn., passed away on Aug. 22, 2020, in her home of natural causes.
She was born Feb. 10, 1947, in Hallock, Minn., daughter of Arthur and Eileen (Wass) Pederson.
Diane was raised in the Lutheran faith; was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Hallock. She graduated from Hallock High School in 1965. Diane graduated from Bemidji State University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. In 1981, she earned her master’s degree in elementary education with coursework in special education. She had state certificates to teach elementary ed, special ed – specific learning disabilities, early childhood ed, elementary reading and secondary elementary reading.
Her first teaching position was in White Bear Lake, Minn., followed by Maple Lake, Minn., Pine Point School in Ponsford, Minn., and Osage Elementary in Osage, Minn.
In 1982, Diane moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she taught until 1998. During that time “fate stepped in” and she decided she wanted to have a family of her own. She traveled to an orphanage in Romania and found two beautiful girls Johanna (age 8) and Marissa (age 7). On May 21, 1991, they were officially adopted and her prayers were answered.
In 1998, they left Alaska and moved to Detroit Lakes making this their new home. Diane taught 20-plus years in Detroit Lakes schools until her retirement. The girls were busy with schoolwork, learning the English language, figure skating and playing on the Detroit Lakes Hockey team. This made Diane a very happy “hockey mom.”
Diane loved children, music and travel. She had a magnificent collection of songs for any occasion that she used with her students. Diane was a hostess for the DLCCC that gave her enjoyment in seeing many of their shows and productions. In Alaska she often attended the Anchorage Sym-phony Orchestra. Diane enjoyed going to Blues Fest in Fargo and WeFest in Detroit Lakes. She chaper-oned trips with Judy’s Leisure Tours, which allowed her to see many areas of the USA and occasionally, other parts of the world.
In the summers, Diane and the girls would join Grandpa Art, Grandma Eileen, Doug, Jeff and their families at the family Canadian cabin. They enjoyed fishing, playing cribbage and making wonderful family memories.
It was her beautiful, quirky personality that made her unique. She had a group of friends who met and shared stories and humor. She loved to dress up and put on her famous red lipstick for a night on the town with those friends.
Diane is survived by: her daughter, Johanna Pederson of Detroit Lakes; her brother, Jeff (Teri) Pederson of Mankato, Minn.; sister-in-law, Molly Pederson of Cambridge, Minn.; aunt, Verona Wass Dryer of Bluffton, S.C.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and her special cats, Stella and Orlando.
Diane was preceded in death by her daughter, Marissa (2018); brother Doug (2009); and her parents.
In Diane’s high school yearbook, beside her name, it said “A Little Friend to All the World.” This was so true of Diane; she could carry on a conversation with anyone she met. She was always willing to share her knowledge with anyone who asked, she never met a dog or cat she didn’t like. She had an infectious laugh and with her beautiful smile she could light up a room. She will always be in our hearts.
Memorial services were held at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Visitation was held from 1 – 2 p.m. Masks and social distancing were required. Burial will be private.
David-Donehower Funeral Home was been entrusted with the arrangements.