Diane M. Benz, Dubuque, IA (1944-2014)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

January 3, 1944 - July 4, 2014

Diane M. Benz, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 4, 2014. Diane was born on Jan. 3, 1944, in Yankton, SD, daughter of Michael and Evelyn (Schmidt) Lee. Diane married Reginald Benz on Feb. 23, 1963. They traveled to several different cities for Reginald's job before moving to Dubuque, in 1989. Diane enjoyed her work and was employed at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for 25 years. She enjoyed reading, gardening and had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed her friends and liked helping others. Diane's family was the most important thing in her life. She loved searching for trinkets for her children and grandchildren. Diane will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Diane is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Reginald "Reg" Benz of Dubuque, IA; her children: Kris (David) O'Leary of Janesville, WI, Tom (Melissa) Benz of Hooksett, NH, Marc (Christine) Benz of Eagan, MN; her five grandchildren: Maggie, Emily, Brooke, Amanda and Daniel; her siblings: Rodney Lee of Chicago, IL, Mike (Jill) Lee of Mesa, AZ, Debbie Lee of Slayton, MN; her three brothers-in-law: Tom (Barb) Benz of Pipestone, MN, Mark (Deb) Benz of Gaithersburg, MD, and Paul (Linda) Benz of Clinton, WA; several nieces and nephews. Diane was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Diane's life, friends may visit from 1 until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1276 White St., Dubuque, IA. BEHR FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.

A Diane M. Benz memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com


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