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In Memory of Dian M. Nielsen


Visita4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin, WI, and one hour prior to the mass at church on Saturday

Funeral Services

11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond, WI

Dian Marie (Miller) Nielsen, age 64 of Glenwood City, WI peacefully ended her courageous and faith filled battle with cancer February 27, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her family and closest friends.

Dian was born on September 7, 1951 to Donald and Una (LaMotte) Miller in St. Paul, MN. She grew up on the family farm near Finlayson, MN, and graduated from Finlayson High School in 1969. Dian married Larry Nielsen on June 7, 1969, and they settled in Askov, MN. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Janelle and Janette. In 1977, the family moved to Glenwood City, WI. Dian worked for many years in the trucking industry, but spent her last working years as a certified nursing assistant at the Parkview Care Center. Her true passion lay in caring for others.

Dian had a lifelong love of horses that began when she was a girl on the family farm in Finlayson. She taught her daughters to ride and also loved long weekends camping and trail riding with family and friends.  Family was always Dian’s priority.  If there was an occasion to celebrate, she was the first one there to help and she was the last one to leave.  Dian was a servant to the Lord, always filled with the Holy Spirit.  Her deep faith shone in her daily living.  She shared her faith with others through the Koinonia program and teaching confirmation classes. Dian enjoyed gardening, cooking and entertaining, traveling, collecting art to decorate her home, and most recently biking on trails with her husband.

Dian will remain in the heart of her loving husband of 46 years, Larry Nielsen; daughters, Janelle (Derek) Rosin and Janette (Shane) Stults; grandchildren: Nathan (Rachael) Stults, Anastasia and Alexia Stults; Mitchel, Emma and Grant Rosin; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Bret Stults, step-mother, Pat Miller; siblings, Dawn (John) Johnson, Denise (Doug) Degerstrom, Deedree (Rusty) Ludwig, Doreen (Todd) Gamble, Damita Jo (David) Miller-Chasson, Daniel (Hope) Miller, Darin Miller, and Deana Miller; in-laws, Harald (Pauline) Nielsen and Joyce (David) Anderson; special friends, Holly and Randy Booth, Tom and Mary Menter, Mike and Joan DeKoster, and Larry Christensen; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, Una Miller; father, Don Miller; grandson, Bret Stults; in-laws, Viggo and Maria Nielsen and many other beloved family.

We can all honor Dian’s life and legacy by showing grace, compassion and love to each other as she did every day of her life.

Mass of Christian Burial for Dian will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond, WI. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, March 11 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, WI. There will also be a visitation one hour prior to the mass at church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Adoray Home Health & Hospice, 2231 Hwy 12 Suite 201, Baldwin WI 54002 or


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    • I had the privilege of being with Dian twice, at Shane’s AF retirement party and again during a recent visit to Fort Myers with Mary Mentor and Janette. I am so very thankful to know her, such a beautiful, fun and caring lady.
      I knew you would be special, Dian, to raise a daughter like Janette. You fought your battle with grace and lived each day you were given to the fullest. Thank God we can rest in His promises of eternity together!
      Love in Christ,

    • Dear Larry and family,we will all miss Dian greatly. . We really appreciated her support.May she rest in peace. Sending. Love and prayer to you all. Ed and Donna Wollack

    • How fortunate I was to have known Dian and to have been at the receiving end of her warmth, caring, and smiles. Truly a woman of faith that loved to share.

      Sorry to miss the services as I will be out of town, but we lift a prayer for her and her family.

    • Our deepest sympathy. Dian was a role model for us all to follow, she will be missed. Dian’s unwavering determination, being so positive, devotion to her family and friends, and love of God was so powerful in her life. I was always glad to call her a friend. I have many good memories of CCD days and working at church suppers.
      God Bless you Dian and may your family know you are at peace.
      Wish I could attend services but I am in Arizona and will be thinking of your family.

      Mary Rivard