Diane Tipple, 66, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, after a short but courageous battle with Leukemia. She was born Beverly Diane Espeland to John and Olga (Homandberg) Espeland, on September 23, 1946, in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Diane lived her first 18 years on the family farm near Canton, S.D., graduating from Canton High School in 1964 and from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D. in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She started teaching at Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center in the fall of 1968 and taught full time until her first son was born in 1974. After that she substitute taught at Peshtigo and for a short time at Marinette Elementary Schools until she retired in 2012. Diane was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette, participating in senior choir, teaching Sunday School and confirmation and as a member of the Church Council and many committees. Most recently she played piano for the Zion Contemporary Worship Band. While her boys attended Washington Elementary School in Marinette, she volunteered in PTO, Junior Great Books and led the Cub Scout Troop.
Diane is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Bill, who was her best friend, travel arranger, camping, canoeing and fishing partner. She is also survived by their three sons and spouses: Michael John (Jill) of Esko, Minn., Ryan Hugh (Jayme) of Howard, Wis. and Jeffrey William (Krystle) of Eagan, Minn. She is further survived by her grandchildren: Jacob, Kaylee, Thomas, Elizabeth and soon to be born, Lillian Diane; and by three brothers: Dennis, Steve (Charlotte), Jim (Brenda); and two sisters: Karen Espeland and Sharon (Virgil) Carter. Also aunts: Elaine Wood and Bernice Grane; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Ron (Emma) Tipple, Dave (Marlys) Tipple and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws, Robert and Helen Tipple.
Friends may call at Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette from 9 until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013. A Memorial Service in celebration of Diane's life will follow at 10:30 a.m. on March 16, 2013 in the church. The Rev. Keith A. Kolstad will officiate.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Mertens, Dr. Warren, Dr. Jaslowski, the Green Bay Oncology Team and the nursing staff at St. Mary's Hospital. But they especially want to thank the many NWTC nursing students and their instructors who spent so much time with her in the hospital, learning from her. Diane was a teacher for them to the end. The family also wishes to thank Unity Hospice for their caring attention when Diane came home. A very special thank you to a wonderful friend, Angel, whose information, insight, calming hands and many phone calls helped Diane through this trying time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Diane's name are suggested for Zion Lutheran Church.
Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home is assisting the family.