Diane Schlapkohl

July 9, 1956-Jan. 24, 2014

CANBY – Mass of Christian Burial for Diane Schlapkohl, 57, of Canby will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a rosary to follow. Visitation will continue on Tuesday one hour prior to mass. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are with Birk Funeral Home of Canby. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to: Sanford Canby Breast Cancer Support Group, Sanford Canby MS Support Group, Sanford Canby Hospice, (any memorial to Sanford Canby please mail to: 112 St. Olaf Ave. S., Canby, MN 56220. Memorials may also be sent to: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 307 4th St. W., Canby, MN 56220.

She passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at her home surrounded by family.

Diane Cundigunda (Antony) Schlapkohl was born on July 9, 1956, to Walter and Dorothy (Sik) Antony in Canby. Diane was baptized at St. Leo’s Catholic Church and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby. Diane attended St. Peter’s Catholic School until the 8th grade and graduated from Canby High in June 1974. On July 13th, 1974, Diane married Darwin Schlapkohl, her loving husband of 39 years. To this union was born a son, Jason Darwin and daughter, Jennifer Ann.

Diane died peacefully in her home after a courageous battle of cancer. She was surrounded by the love of her family and will forever live on in all of our hearts.

Diane was a person in this world that was infectious not only with her smile but with her being. She radiated in a room full of people with her love of life and her love of God, and she wasn’t afraid to show her faith. She lived by her faith.

Diane was always in her element in the caregiving role. It started with her younger siblings when her dad died on her 10th birthday. After this she worked at the nursing home in Canby as a nurses’ aide and then shortly thereafter started her own home daycare business for a number of years. This just wasn’t enough for Diane though. She helped Sister Edna teach Sunday school each week for a number of years for the developmentally disabled. She would also always welcome the developmentally disabled to sit with her and her family during Saturday night masses at church as well. She had an inner love and comfort with the developmental disability population. After her youngest child entered the first grade, Diane closed her home daycare business in approximately 1986 and became an employee at the Canby DAC.

Diane became a cancer survivor after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. Because she was so passionate on helping other people she started the breast cancer support group in Canby with the help of Peggy Sik and Sue Schanning.

Diane was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis in 1999. In 2004, Diane respectfully retired from the Canby DAC, as the MS would no longer allow her body to be in a caregiving role.

Diane was involved in both the Breast Cancer Support Group and the MS Support Group in Canby for a number of years.

Diane had a deep love for her family especially her grandsons. Diane loved to entertain family and friends. She loved to go on the annual family hotel trip in March, the annual camping trip in the summer, and she lived all year long for Christmas time. Diane had an inner desire to give to others and to make others feel special. Christmas was a time where she was able to do this more than what she had already completed throughout the year.

Diane is lovingly remembered by her husband, Darwin; her children, Jason (Serena nee-Mack) Schlapkohl of Canby, Jennifer (Aaron) Husby of Marshall; mother, Dorothy Citrowske of Canby; grandchildren, Austin and Carter Husby and Caden and Tyson Schlapkohl; brothers, and sisters, Viola (Rodney) VanDeVeire of Canby, Leo (Karen) Antony of Canby, Darlene (Laurie) Antony of Farmington, Bernie (Keith) Wisniewski of Canby,Walter (Sandy) Antony of Canby, Margaret (Ron) Singsaas of Canby, and Nancy (Brian) Hanson, of Maynard, step- brothers and sisters, Deanne VanConneyt, of Mexico; Ronald (Lynn) Citrowske, of St. Leo, David Citrowske of Savage, Richard (Karen) Citrowske of Ham Lake; James (Elvira) Citrowske of California; and Grace Bedor of Burnsville; many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Diane is preceded in death by her father, Walter Antony; step-father, Isidore Citrowske; brother, Marvin Antony; step-sister, Amy Citrowske; grandparents, Martha and Paul Sik and John and Margaret (Betzen) Antony; uncles, Jim Sik, Marcy Sik, Clarence Sik, Harold Antony, Clarence Antony; aunt, Lorraine Beck; aunt and godmother, Cundigunda Grengs; and grand-dogs, Abby and Champ.

“It is a special time.”

Blessed by her memory.