Diane 'Didi' Kunzmann

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Diane "Didi" Kunzmann

Funeral services for Mrs. Diane "Didi" Kunzmann, 67, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Len Halvorson will officiate the service.

Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Diane "Didi" Sue Kunzmann, the daughter of Russell Dean and Charlotte (Peacock) Slaymaker came into this world on Oct. 18, 1945 in Spencer. Her childhood years were spent in Spencer, where she received her education, graduating from Spencer High School in 1964. Following high school, she married and moved to Fostoria, where she worked at Wonder Whip for many years. Her son, Per Clarke was born during that time.

Diane met and married "the love of her life," Kim Kunzmann, and they continued to live in Spencer where she worked as a meter reader for People's Natural Gas for 18 years. Diane and Kim moved to Spirit Lake and opened their own business, Exhaust Systems, where they worked together. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Diane loved street rodding and spent many years attending the street rod nationals at Louisville, Oklahoma City and Syracuse, where she made many friends. Didi was a member of the Iowa, Minnesota and National Street Rod Associations. She was a founding member of the Old Iron Company Car Club in Spencer, and was the first newsletter editor for that group. She was also a big Vikings fan and had many years enjoying her life with Kim.

After a long and valiant battle with cancer, Diane moved on to her next amazing life on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at the age of 67.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Charlene McAmis; one brother-in-law, Neal McAmis; father-in-law, Nyle Kunzmann; and one sister-in-law, Mary Kunzmann.

Didi was an extraordinary wife, mother, and loyal friend. She waits in heaven for those she left behind. Her husband, Kim; son, Per Clarke and wife, Kristin; brothers: Dennis Slaymaker and wife, Sharon, and Jack Slaymaker and wife, Lori -- all from Spencer; mother-in-law, Ruth Kunzmann; brothers-in-law: Terry Kunzmann and wife, Deb, Bob Kunzmann and wife, Pam; and sisters-in-law: Katy, Cindy and Linda. Also many nieces, nephews and numerous children who adopted her as their "grandma," were blessed to know her and have warm and wonderful memories of their times together; as well as a very special group of friends who gave her support with their kindness and deeds while she was dealing with lung cancer.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.