Diana Mae Norgren, age 73, of South Haven, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at her home, surrounded by the love and care of her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will take place Monday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at Lake Union Covenant Church, South Haven, with the Revs. Dan Thompson and Lloyd Melvie officiating. Burial will follow at the Lake Union Covenant Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lake Union Covenant Church, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.; and continue Monday one hour prior to the service.
Gatlin, Cody, Dillon, Hunter, Isaac, and Evan Norgren, Benjamin and Brody Ward will serve as pallbearers. Rachael Desens, Gabrielle Ward, Larinda, Ericka, Calisha, Anika, Mackenzie and Sydney Norgren will serve as the honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale. Obituary, guestbook and video tribute online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.
Diana was born Dec. 22, 1942, in Willmar, to Robert and Dorothy (Soine) Berglund. After her father died at a young age, Diana was raised by her mother and step-father, Merle Peterson.
Diana grew up in rural Kandiyohi County, where she attended area schools. The family eventually settled in the Dassel area, where Diana graduated from high school in 1960.
Following graduation, she went to work in Minneapolis for a bank and telephone company.
Diana was united in marriage to Dellas Ellsworth Norgren Oct. 5, 1963, in Dassel.
Diana worked for various furniture stores, such as Dayton’s, Countryside Furniture in Dassel, and Hoye’s in St. Cloud. Even though she worked out of the home at various jobs, being a wonderful mom, wife, and grandma was always Diana’s top priority.
Diana and her sister, Sandy, owned and operated Latté Da Coffee Shop in Dassel, and she most recently worked at Very Vintage in Litchfield.
Diana’s faith was important to her, and she was an active member of Lake Union Covenant Church, where she was a member of the Covenant Women, past choir director, and helped with the interior design of the new addition.
In her spare time, Diana enjoyed knitting, reading, tending to her gardens, cross country skiing, shopping, and collecting dolls. She also liked to travel.
Diana relished the time she was able to spend with her family and friends, whether it be hosting gatherings or attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. She wore many hats over the years, and her many loving attributes that are so hard to put into words will be dearly missed by many.
Diana is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dellas, of South Haven; children, Rory (Kim) Norgren of Annandale and their children, Gatlin, Cody, Dillon, and Calisha; Shawn (Lori) Norgren of South Haven and their children, Rachael (Derek) Desens, their son Sebastian Desens; Larinda, and Ericka; Holly (Tony) Ward of Annandale and their children, Gabrielle, Benjamin, and Brody; Barin (Colleen) of Annandale and their children, Isaac, Anika and Evan; and Peter (Jodi) of Annandale and their children, Hunter, Mackenzie and Sydney.
She is further survived by siblings, Dennis (Carole) Berglund, Sandy (John) Crayford, Judy (Clarence) Schmitz, and Dale (Ivonne) Peterson, all of Dassel; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.
Diana was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Betty Thorkelson, and a niece, Julie Schmitz.