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Diane Susan Lager

June 30, 2021 | 10 comments

Diane Susan Lager, age 58, died on June 29, 2021, after a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Diane was born in Caledonia, Minnesota, on October 9, 1962, to La Verne and Erma (Peter) Lager.  She graduated from Caledonia High School in 1981 and from Winona State University in 1985.  Diane obtained her law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1988.  Diane worked at Ernst & Young and Allstate Insurance, in the Twin Cities, before returning to Caledonia. While she was in the Twin Cities, she was active as a volunteer, teaching immigrants and preparing them for the naturalization exam to become American citizens.  Diane’s last employment was as Director of Human Resources at Caledonia Care and Rehab.
Diane had a special place in her heart for dogs and cats and rescued many over the years.  She also was a fan of British mystery programs and the award-winning novel and movie, Gone With the Wind.
Diane is survived by her father, La Verne, and by his wife, Vel Rierson.  She is also survived by her sisters, Deb, (Maryellen Paudler), Donna, (Steve Jacobsen), Daneen, Darla, and Darcie, and brothers, David (Cordelia Ramirez) and Dennis (Eileen).  Six nieces, Katie (Alex Pfleging), Kristin, Jenny (René Avalos), Erika, Sofia, and Emma, a nephew, Ian, and a great-nephew, Kit, also survive her.
Diane was preceded in death by her mother, Erma, in 2001, by her maternal grandparents, Anton and Veronica (Thery) Peter, and her paternal grandparents, Herbert and Inga (Nelson) Lager.
Diane’s family wishes to thank all of the staff in the Medical Oncology Department at Gundersen Health System.  Also, special thanks to the Gundersen Hospice program who made it possible for Diane to remain at home.
Per Diane’s wishes, there will be no services.  A private family gathering will be held.  The Coulee Region Cremation Group in Onalaska, Wisconsin, is assisting the family.  Memorials can be directed to the family through Coulee Region Cremation Group.



  1. Jean M Coldwater

    So sorry for your loss. Our sympathy to all the Lager family. Jean (Peter) and John Coldwater, Brownsville MN

    • Sue Tostenson

      My condolences to the family! Diane was so helpful when I worked with her at CCR!

  2. Dave & Wilma Schoh

    We were so saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. I’m a hs classmate of hers & also was at WSU with her. When she moved back to Caledonia, we caught up having a few lunches together at Elsies. Our bdays are only 2 days apart so we liked to celebrate together back in the day. I have many fond memories of her & will always treasure her as a good friend. RIP sweet Diane (too tall)

  3. Jay and Jana Crickman

    We are so sorry for your loss. Diane was a sweetheart. She really did have a soft spot for animals. We cared for many of her rescues over the years. They were lucky to have been loved by Diane.

    • Nancy Friendshuh

      Diane, I have so many good memories with you and remember laughing whenever in your presence. You were an amazing person. So intelligent, beautiful and of course had a great sense of humor. You will be terribly missed. God bless you ❤💔❤

  4. Jr. & Carol Lager

    Sorry to hear about Diane. We wish the family the beat.

  5. Nel Rommes

    I am so sorry to hear of Diane ‘s passing…
    She was such a kind, helpful person who made life much easier for the staff of CCR.
    Such a joy to visit with when I worked there!
    She will be missed by so many!
    Special condolences to her dad and Debbie, Daneen and Darcie, the sisters I knew best..
    May God bless and comfort you all.

  6. Kathie Rogich

    Sending our condolences to the entire family. She was such a kind and fun person! Always great to see her smile in the halls of Caledonia Care!!! She will be missed here on earth but I know she is sharing that smile in heaven!!

  7. Jane Koel- schein

    So sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace with no more suffering.

    Roger Koel

  8. Heidi June Bartsch

    Diane was an absolutely wonderful person to know. So very kind, thoughtful, and understanding. My heart goes out to the family with your loss. The world has truly lost lost an amazing soul but the heavens sure gained an angel!


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