THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Diane Tipple, 66, passed away Friday, March 1 after a short but courageous battle with Leukemia.
Born Beverly Diane Espeland to John and Olga (Homandberg) Espeland on Sept. 23, 1946 in Sioux Falls, S.D., she lived her first 18 years on the family farm near Canton, S.D. She graduated 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. She then was a substitute teacher at Peshtigo and for a short time at Marinette Elementary Schools until she retired in 2012.
An active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette, she participated in senior choir, taught Sunday School and confirmation and was 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 the PTO, Junior Great Books and led the Cub Scout Troop.
She 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 three sons, Michael John (Jill) of Esko, Minn., Ryan Hugh (Jayme) of Howard and Jeffrey William (Krystle) of Eagan, Minn.; four grandchildren and one soon to be born; three brothers, Dennis, Steve (Charlotte) and Jim (Brenda); two sisters, Karen Espeland and Sharon (Virgil) Carter; two aunts, Elaine Wood and Bernice Grane; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ron (Emma) Tipple and 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 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 when a memorial service in celebration of her life will be held. Rev. Keith A. Kolstad will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name are suggested for Zion Lutheran Church. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette is assisting the family.