GRAETTINGER -- A Mass of Christian Burial for Diane Alesch was held Friday, March 31, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger.
Interment was in St. Jacob's Catholic Cemetery. The Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger was in charge of arrangements.
Diane Renee Alesch, daughter of Edmund and Fern (Lewis) Herke, was born Oct. 25, 1945 in Emmetsburg. She was a 1963 graduate of Graettinger High School
On Nov. 23, 1963, Diane was united in marriage to Tony Alesch at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Together, Diane and Tony raised their five children on a farm northeast of Graettinger. Diane was a homemaker and helped Tony. She worked for several years for the Graettinger School Food Service Program. Later in life, she helped her daughter, Brenda, with daycare and her brother, Doug, with field work.
Diane was an avid Hawkeye fan. She enjoyed watching sports, especially wrestling. She always looked forward to motorcycle trips with Tony, girl's weekends in Wisconsin and playing card games and poker with family and friends. She treasured the time she spent with her children and all of her grandchildren.
Diane was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she served as past-president of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Snow-twisters Snowmobile Club. Diane served as past president of the Graettinger Community School District, and she was an avid Graettinger Labor Day Volunteer.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Wade Alesch (Dawn), and Brenda Alesch, all of Graettinger, Shane Alesch (Tricia) of Lincoln, NE, Mike Alesch (Beth) of Holmen, WI and Cody Alesch (Teresa) of Emmetsburg; her father, Edmund Herke of Emmetsburg; brother, Doug Herke (Mary) of Emmetsburg; sister, Lisa Hovinga (Jerry) of Emmetsburg; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Randy James of Graettinger.
Diane was preceded in death by her mother, Fern Herke; husband, Tony Alesch and an infant nephew, Douglas Herke.