Funeral services for Diane Wonnenberg were held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Union Congregational Church in Gregory with Pastor Tim Voigt and Pastor Kevin Schneider officiating.
Music was provided by Doug Sargent and Kim Bergstrom accompanied by Jeanie Kotrba and DeNalda Fortuna, pianist and keyboard. Genna McCall and Carly Stukel were in charge of registration and Joan Wonnenberg and Jackie Wonnenberg were flower attendants.
Casket bearers were Hank Wonnenberg, Brian Broekemeier, Gered Buettner, Leonard Wonnenberg, Bill Wonnenberg and Micah Wonnenberg.
Interment was in the IOOF Cemetery in Gregory. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Diane was born March 7, 1946, the oldest of three children born to William and Edna (Mayer) Broekemeier. She grew up on a farm northwest of Naper, NE. Diane learned the value of hard work at an early age by helping with house work, milking cows, feeding chickens, gathering eggs, and many other tasks.
Diane began her formal education at a one-room country grade school, and later completed her elementary school in Naper, NE. She graduated from Naper High School and worked at several jobs before moving to Pierre to work for the SD Dept. of Transportation.
Diane married Kenneth Wonnenberg on December 31, 1971 at Zion Lutheran Church in Naper, NE. They made their first home in Presho where they started their family of three children and soon became involved in the Presho Community Bible Church. Diane used her time by being a mom and wife, became involved with church activities, and was active in a Women’s Extension Club. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and working together with Ken on various landscape and plant projects. Diane took a liking to many animals, particularly cats, dogs, and when small, made pets out of chickens.
In the fall of 1977 the family moved to Spokane, WA. Diane helped with getting her husband through Bible College by cleaning houses, some jobs that took her into wooded and hilly country north of Spokane. In the summer of 1980, the family moved back to South Dakota to serve a church in western South Dakota, and then in the fall of 1981 moved to Colony, KS, to serve as Village Missionaries with Stonecroft Ministries. Diane was involved in promoting and assisting with Good News Clubs.
In the fall of 1984 the family moved to Pierre. Diane soon became an active member of the Pierre Community Bible Church. She worked at Ramkota River Center and later was employed with the Pierre Hospital -Avera Medical Group, up to the time of her retirement in February 2011. Diane enjoyed volunteer work, devoting her time as hostess at the state capital during the annual Christmas tree display, boxed food for Feeding South Dakota, enjoyed Bible studies, and working with the women’s church group.
In June 2017, with failing health, Diane became a resident of Pierre Care and Rehab Center and in December 2017 transferred to the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Ken also moved to Sioux Falls to spend more time together up to the time of Diane’s passing.
Diane Kay Wonnenberg, age 72, formerly of Pierre, died February 7, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls.
Diane was preceded in death by her parents and two nephews.
She is survived by her husband Ken; son Daniel (Amy) Wonnenberg, Sioux Falls; daughters Brenda (Mike) Aipperspach, Hastings, NE, and Kimberly (Robert) Bergstrom, Madison; her brother and sister: Ernie (Jean) Broekemeier, Morgan, MN, and Linda (Loren) Buettner, Mission, SD; five grandchildren: Kyndra and Taiyah Wonnenberg, Sioux Falls, Seth and Sienna Aipperspach, Hastings, NE, and Madisen Bergstrom, Madison; her mother-in-law, Alvina Wonnenberg, Gregory; Aunt Iona Carsten, Norfolk, NE; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Dave and Quyen Wonnenberg, Gregory; Charles and Diane Wonnenberg, Wakonda; Steve and Joan Wonnenberg, Dallas, and Roger and Jackie Wonnenberg, Winner, and eleven nephews, and eight nieces.