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Obituary for Diane L. Pfaff

Diane Lyn (Johnson) Pfaff, 74, of West Salem, Wis., passed away peacefully Thursday, March 7, 2019, after battling an aggressive dementia. Diane was born January 12, 1945, in La Crosse, Wis., to Tennis and Evelyn (Paisley) Johnson. She married Douglas Pfaff on September 9, 1972, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in West Salem, where she was a lifetime member. Diane graduated from West Salem High School in 1963. Right after graduation, she went to work as a bookkeeper at the Farmer’s Co-op in West Salem. It was there that she met and later married Doug. Continuing on her career as a bookkeeper, she was employed at La Crosse Trust Company, Union State Bank in West Salem, Vermeer Sales & Service of West Salem, and lastly, West Salem Tool & Die. Diane loved taking many family vacations out west, camping with Doug and their daughter Deelyn, and enjoying countless day trips throughout the region taking in the sights and activities. She was a very social woman, having met so many community members over the course of her lifetime and career. She would rarely leave the house without running into someone she knew and enjoying a nice visit. After receiving the news she was going to be a grandma in 2004, she decided to take an early retirement in order to stay at home and watch her grandchildren. This ended up being her favorite job of all. She is survived by her husband, Doug; one daughter, Deelyn (Nate) Christianson of Bangor; three granddaughters, Delaney, Danielle, and Deanna Christianson; one sister, Colleen (Lou) Checkai of Watertown, Wi.; one brother in-law, Chris Allen of La Crosse; brothers in-law, James (Lorna) Pfaff of Sparta Wi., Kevin (Bonnie) Pfaff of Melrose, Wi.; sister in-law, Carolyn (Thomas) Stuessel of Sparta, Wi.; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her beloved poodles, Mickey and Gracie. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; two sisters, Adrienne Hagen and Cathy Allen; her father and mother in-law, Victor and Margaret (Piske) Pfaff of Sparta, WI., many aunts, uncles, cousins, a great-niece and great-nephew,; special friends, Dolora Labus, Char Vick, and Carla Bursell. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 359 N. Leonard St., West Salem. Pastors Jean and Jonathan Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery at a later date. A visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at