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Diane M. Stifter

Diane M. Stifter, age 40 of Lompoc, Calif. and formerly of Silver Lake, died Sunday, May 15, 2005.

She was born May 21, 1964 in Hutchinson, the daughter of Gilbert E. and Beverly A. Robison Stifter. Diane was baptized at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

She attended St. Adalbert School in Silver Lake, and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1982.

Diane left her hometown and headed west in January 1983. She first lived in Tempe, Ariz., where she worked for a chiropractor as an assistant. She moved to Lompoc in 1985, where she held various jobs, finally at Carnahan Therapy for 18 years.

Approximately one and one-half or two years ago, Diane started her own little business called “Magic Touch,” open one day a week.

Over the years, she continued her education in Santa Barbara, where she became a physical therapist assistant and a licensed massage therapist. Her ability to touch and rejuvenate bodies was carried over into her friendships, where she always touched people’s spirits with her kind words, loving ways, and caring heart.

Diane was a member of La Purisma Catholic Church in Lompoc, and formerly belonged to St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake.

She enjoyed chair weaving, hiking, puzzles, photography, traveling, animals, being a Vikings fan, and especially her nieces and nephews.

Diane is survived by her parents, Gilbert E. and Beverly A. Stifter of Minnetonka; a sister and brothers: Margie (Jeff) Kehn of Chaska, Larry (Sandy) Fiecke-Stifter of Winsted, and Bruce (Tammy) Stifter of Silver Lake; six nieces and nephews: Jeremy, Matthew, Meghan, Hannah, Jacob, and Courtney; three step nephews: Tyler, Cody, and Jack; godparents Paul and Barbara Radtke of Quincy, Mass.; godchild Alyssa of Lompoc, Calif.; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Joseph Stifter; maternal grandparents Frank and Margaret Robison; and paternal grandparents Frank and Dora Stifter.

A memorial Mass took place Friday, May 27 at 3 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Father Robert J. Mraz was the celebrant, and interment followed at St. Adalbert Cemetery.

Friends and family called at the church from noon until the time of the Mass.

Honorary pallbearers were Diane’s cousins: Cherie Ruzicka, Mary Stifter, Jody Christensen, Catherine Libor, Paul Paumen, and Jon Stifter.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.

A memorial service also took place Tuesday, May 17 at 8 a.m. at La Purisma Catholic Church in Lompoc, attended by about 300 friends and clients. The church and hall were decorated with approximately 24 dozen all colored roses, Diane’s favorite flower.

The outpouring of support the Stifter family experienced at the memorial service in Lompoc was so overwhelming, words cannot describe it. The family were honored to have this opportunity to really learn the true and professional side of their daughter and sister, Diane.

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