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Obituary for Dianne F. Allen


Dianne Faye Allen, 76, of Caledonia went to her Heavenly home Friday, February 22, 2019. She died at Gunderson Health System in La Crosse, Wis. Dianne was born February 3,1943, in Spring Grove, Minn., to Jean and Olga (Lauritzen) Vesterse. She was the youngest of four children, two boys and two girls. Dianne was baptized February 28, 1943, and confirmed November 3, 1957, both at Faith Lutheran Church in Black Hammer. She and her family grew up on a farm. She enjoyed doing outdoor chores and caring for her animals. Dianne graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1961 and later married Ken Allen. Together they had two daughters, Jodi and Angie that she considered her “pride and joy”. Dianne later moved from Waterloo, Iowa to Caledonia in 1975. In Caledonia, Dianne worked as an Insurance Agent for Wagner Insurance and an Appraiser for Houston County. She loved working with the public and helping others. Dianne had great pride for working with her tax payers; especially “her” farmers in her appraiser role. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was a true steward of the Lord. Dianne’s hobbies included spending time with her daughters and two “sons”, and her five grandchildren and great-grandson. Dianne had a great passion for shopping at flea markets and garage sales, collecting antiques, gardening, and decorating for each holiday. In her younger years, she enjoyed softball and bowling. Attending her grandchildren’s sporting and music events was a priority, and would spend time playing Words with Friends and being the Minnesota Twins #1 fan. Another passion of Dianne’s was helping others. She spent countless hours volunteering for Houston County Care and Share and she enjoyed doing other volunteer work for Immanuel Lutheran Church, including preparing baby, health, and school kits that were sent all over the world. Dianne was very committed to her family, always saw the good in others, and was always willing to help anyone in need. She had a heart of gold and she touched many lives, many of whom she never met. She was loved by all that knew her, and wouldn’t let anyone get away without a hug and “I love you.” She is survived by and the beloved mother to Jodi and Kendall Groenewold and Angie and Todd Meiners. Grandma to her “Lovebugs”, Kendra (Tanner), Alyssa, Brady, Tate and Thane and great grandson Bentley. She is also survived by siblings, Dolly Onstad and Carty Vesterse, in-laws, Trudy Gaffey, Sharon (Larry) Walter, Pam (Arlyn) Pahl, Arlin (Margaret) Pahl, Mike (Connie) Pahl, Dan (Becky) Pahl, Deb Pahl and Fred Pahl. Also survived by many special nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family and many special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jean and Olga Vesterse; brother, Red (Lotus) Vesterse; brother-in-law, Bill Onstad; and special friend, Earl Onstad; and many other beloved family and friends. Visitation will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019, from 5-7 pm, and on Saturday March 2, 2019, at 10 am with the funeral service to follow at 11 am. Both will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Rev. Steven E. Meyer will officiate. A meal will take place following the funeral ceremony. Burial at Faith Lutheran Cemetery in Blackhammer will occur at a later date. Jandt- Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, is assisting the family and online condolences may be given at http://www.jandtfredrickson.com/memorials-remembrances/.