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Diane K. Ryan

November 16, 2019 | 29 comments

Diane K. Ryan (Page), 71, of Onalaska passed away Friday, November 15, 2019, at Gundersen Health System.

She was born on February 21, 1948, to Robert and Florence (Herrmann) Page.

Diane is survived by her son, Thom Ryan (Kou); two daughters, Cathi Hauser (Jesse) and Michelle Hoffman; six grandchildren, Cole Hoffman, Cali Hoffman, Taya Hauser, Jadin Hauser, Caitlyn Johnson and Makenzie Johnson; her great granddaughter, Ava Mayfield; seven sisters, Dolores Kenyon, Carol Miller, Beverly Mahlum, Judy Cheesboro, Rita Weber, Joyce Page, and Sally Schultz; four brothers, Phillip (Kathy) Page, Donald (Mary) Page, James Page and Gerald Page; her lifelong friend, Mary Pollack-Boardman; and her honorary grandchildren, Justin Boutin and Morgan Boutin.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy; parents; a sister, Sandra Page; and two brothers, Robert Page and Russell Page.

Friends and family are welcome to join in celebration Diane’s life from 2:30 pm – 6 pm on Monday, November 18, 2019, at The Gathering Place Event Center, Coulee Region Cremation, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, WI. Pastor Andrew Fortuine will officiate a memorial service at 6 pm. A private family burial will be held later.

Diane’s interested varied and she was actively involved in the community. In Diane’s honor and to continue her lifelong mission of giving, we ask that in leu of flowers or monetary contributions, please bring a donation for The Warming Center. Let’s do our best to make her proud and fill the alter with gifts that will help someone in need stay warm this winter.

To view Diane’s memorial tribute video, please use the following link. https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/MKWJ6RWFBNLNRNCN



  1. Nancy (Chase) Loging

    Heaven has added an Angel. Diane was such a kind person. She was a high school classmate, a person who was always friendly and willing to help anyone. I have lots of fond memories of her then and throughout the many years after. Your family has been through a tragic loss. During these tough times, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  2. Mary Sue Gardner

    Mama Medicare we will miss you so much! I am so grateful you got to travel with us the other week! Thom, thank you for sharing your mama with us, she will truly be missed .
    ~ The POE team!

    • Kim Campbell

      My prayers and sympathy to the family of Diane. I haven’t seen her in years. But I remember how kind she was.

      • Deb Talle

        So very sorry for your lost, Diane and I worked together at Lutheran and remained friends… We lost a wonderful friend.😢
        Deb Sage-Talle

    • Harry declute

      My condolences to the family of Diane, I was a classsmate at Onalaska high class of 67 she was a good classmate a caring person. wonderful wife and mother, and grandmother, she will be sorely missed and remembered . Harry & noreen declute

  3. Tanya Eggen

    On behalf of the family of Karen and Terry Eggen, our family wishes to express our prayers and thoughts for your family….

    • Ruth Reno

      So sorry for your loss I met Diane about a year ago at Bingo at Onalaska Legion she made the evening a lot of fun and always came to our table and teased us. She will be missed by all.

    • Kay Johnstone

      My deepest sympathy and prayers for all of you. I have not seen her in years but worked at Gundersen and was privileged to care for as a nurse . She was a beautiful person .

  4. Troy larson

    She was always the first to arrive at a show choir competition and the last to leave and always so complimentary and loving about what I and the kids did. I will miss seeing her face at these competitions and will thing Of her as we progress through the season. She was an amazing woman.

  5. Judy Brennan

    My deepest sympathy to Diane’s family. I only knew her for a few years when I played cards at the Onalaska Legion. She was delightful. Had the cards running like a top! If someone didn’t show she organized and played 2 spots! I was sad to hear of her passing.

  6. Carol Amann Reichhoff

    Our world has lost a beautiful soul. Diane & I were OHS classmates. She was the most humble, positive, loving, warm hearted person you could meet. If there was a need, she was working on a way to fulfill it. Her community, family and friends will forever feel the loss of her extraordinary giving heart. My life has been blessed by her loving friendship. Be at peace my lovely friend. Your life’s mission has been accomplished. I ❤ you!

    • Sandy Whiteman

      Oh Diane! You are one of a kind! You felt your life path was to be of service to others & you gave 110% to family, friends, the Auxillary, the Legion, your church, your community. God will hold you in the palm of His hands for all time. You will be missed, my friend!


    With one working arm, your Mother welcomed those she met with an embrace wider and warmer than most people can manage with two. It was no mistake our nickname for her was “Mama Medicare”.

    Although not much older than me, she sometimes called me “Kid”. The last thing she ever said to me was “Take care of yourself Kid”, as we parted to go to our respective hotel rooms (‘nuf said about Halloween 2019). My favorite memory of your Mother is our visit to Notre Dame. Diane standing next to me in the cathedral saying “Look at that Kid. Just look at that!” as we gazed up at the windows and vaulted ceiling.

    Words, written or spoken, won’t do much to ease the grief of losing your Mother. Time and memories, however, will bring peace; and more time will eventually bring joy in remembering your Mom.

  8. Todd Hagel

    The stars seem a bit dimmer except for one. God bless 🙏

    • Jason and Katie B

      Diane was always s joy to see at the Onalaska Legion. She treated everyone like family and always went above and beyond to make sure things ran smoothly. She accepted everyone no matter who they were. She leaves very big shoes to fill. Our deepest sympathies to her family.

  9. Darlene Adams

    To the entire Ryan Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss, please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Katherine Brenengen

    Diane was a special person. I met her through BINGO night at the Legion. Very nice person and a outstanding worker. Will miss her very much. God bless her family and my condolences.

  11. Val Handstad

    My sincere sympathies in the loss of your dear Mom. I was so saddened by the news, she was such a kind and caring person and certainly an asset to the Onalaska Legion community with her contributions of time and talent. She will be greatly missed.

  12. Delane A. Pierzina

    Diane was the nicest person ever. The Arcadia Bingo players all loved her. I never ever seen her get mad at anyone, and the one thing I never seen was Diane ‘sitting down’, no, she was always on the go. The Onalaska Legion is going to miss her a lot. With one working hand, she could go through the bingo cards like crazy, she was right on the ball, even giving out the money to winners seemed to make her happy. She was a princess and will be sadly missed by tons of people. Love you Diane, rest in peace my friend.

  13. Dennis & Linda Sobkowiak

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Diane was such a wonderful happy person. She always was willing to help with anything. She was such a Great help at the chicken and dumplings. She will be missed.

  14. Jean Muehlenkamp

    Diane was a very loving and giving person she will be missed. My deepest sympathy to all of her family.

  15. Lynnette Fay

    My thoughts & prayers are going out to Diane’s loved ones. Another loss in our camping family. She will be missed.

    • Bob and Ruth Spacek

      We will miss her so much AND her whistle at Euchre. We need to remember to enjoy each day…..she left us way too soon..Love and prayers

    • Kris Olson

      Yes, sending hugs and prayers to all the camping friends ” up on the hill” at WP.

  16. Cindy A(Kenyon) Halada

    Diane and I were friends many years ago, didn’t see her much as grew older but she was a wonderful friends and a great person. My sympathy to the entire family

  17. Candy Lund

    Diane, I will miss you not only as an Auxiliary member but You’ll be missed sadly from Tuesday night Onalaska legion Bingo. My Condolences to your family.

    Candy Lund

  18. Bruce Blanchar

    Was so sad to hear of Diane’s passing. She was a classmate of mine and good friend. She was like a sister to all of us. Always kind and considerate. Always willing to help others whenever she could. I have many fond memories of Diane growing up with her and her brothers. My condolences go out to her family.

  19. Cheryl L. Johnson

    Our sympathies to the family of Diane. She was a loving caring person.

  20. Joan Brueggeman

    I am so saddened to hear this. Diane was a lovely person with a kind heart and a warm smile. She was a wonderful neighbor for years on the Prairie. She will be missed. My sympathy and prayers to Mary and her family during this time. Heaven gained an angel.

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