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Diann Blitsch
September 3, 1948 - April 28, 2015

Diann M. Blitsch died very peacefully on April 28, 2015 at her home with family and friends by her side. Services will be on Saturday May 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein, Iowa, with Father Paul Mc Manus and Deacon Jim Patera officiating.  Visitation will be on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Geilenfeld Funeral home in Oelwein.            

Diann was born on September 3, 1948 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, daughter of Arnold and Kathryn (Roark) Minikus. She grew up in Cedar Falls and attended St. Patrick’s grade school and graduated from Columbus High School, in 1967.  On January 16, 1971 she was united in marriage to Jake Blitsch at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cedar Falls. They were blessed with three wonderful daughters, Bridget, Stacey, and Lesley. Jake and Diann divorced in 1993 but she was always quick to say, he was her favorite ex-husband.            

For 26 years she worked at Oelwein Cable TV, which later became MediaCom, until her health deteriorated last July.            

Diann was dedicated to her family, her church and her flower garden but her proudest accomplishment was her three strong daughters and her greatest joys were her grandchildren.  She thought a picture was worth a thousand words and has boxes and boxes of photographs capturing the memoires of her children and grandchildren.  She was a very generous and compassionate person that touched many lives, especially with those who were sick or grieving. That’s why it was so fitting when she became ill, so many friends and relatives gathered around to give her comfort. 

She is survived by her daughters Bridget (Gabe) Copeland, Stacey Blitsch, both of Los Angeles, and Lesley (Jeremy) Yearous of Oelwein; four grandsons: Xavier, Aden, Grayson and Riot.  Diann also left an aunt and uncle: Dale and Helen Modlin of Grundy Center, several cousins and nieces and nephews that were close to her heart. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Kathryn; a sister, Teresa Corwin; and a brother Donald Minikus. 

“Diann was a very spiritual person and we feel confident she has attained the highest reward promised by God in her passing.” 


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Connie Witt Kelley on May 7, 2015 at 8:03 PM said:

Jake, so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring healing and peace.
Larry & Diane Valvoda on May 4, 2015 at 11:25 AM said:

Jake, we are very sorry to hear of Diann's passing. She was a special lady. Our sympathies to you and your family.
Carol Corwin Evans on May 1, 2015 at 2:19 PM said:

So very sorry to hear of Diann's passing. She and I attended St. Patrick's grade school together. I didn't see her often because we moved out of Iowa but I do remember going to Oelwein to her house for a family get together and getting together with nieces and nephews a couple times in Cedar Falls. We were blessed to have Astonia, Chad, Nikki and Bryan as mutual nieces and nephews. Rest in Peace, Diann.

Jason and Carol Evans
JoAnn Wood Muniz on May 1, 2015 at 1:47 PM said:

Jake, my sincere condolences to you and your family.
Sheryl Gosse on May 1, 2015 at 9:11 AM said:

Jake and girls:
Diann is now at peace, strong as she carried onto her family. You will be together some day. We were friends, worked on the "hill" in separate offices for a few years. She was a friend before and always, great memories. Our talks together were special. Cherish your times together, always be close. Diann had many friends who were there for her. Great support she had from all who knew her.
Pat Arthaud on May 1, 2015 at 5:54 AM said:

My sympathy to the entire family. Diann was a great person and will be missed. Cherish the memories and know that she is now at peace in the hands of the Lord.
Cathy Martin on April 30, 2015 at 8:32 PM said:

I knew Diann on the hill.. she and I would talk when I was selling ads in the "strip mall" ( Oelwein style). When I cruised Oelwein, she was forever in the yard working. Now, I read the obit.. And realize I worked with your aunt Helen Modlin..and had met Dale.. I liked her spunk! I visited with Diann at Oelwein's relay for life and she introduced me to kids and grandkids.. So proud. I felt like part of the family .. As Diann worked her journey.. Those girls!!! she absorbed every moment on earth. Carry on with that bag of tools she gave each of you on earth! she was special.. And her family has proven to be who she wanted them to be. Heaven is beaming.
Pat Higgins Gale on April 30, 2015 at 7:51 PM said:

Jake so very sorry. Praying for you and your daughters.
Jennifer Cole on April 30, 2015 at 3:33 PM said:

My deepest sympathies are with her family. Diann was truly an amazing person. She will be missed by many.
Joel Koch on April 30, 2015 at 2:55 PM said:

My deepest condolences go out to Diann's three daughters and there families. You will be in my prayers.
Bonnie Witt Connors on April 30, 2015 at 11:48 AM said:

Jake: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are for you all.
Lou Ann Swann, "67" Classmate on April 30, 2015 at 11:24 AM said:

Jake & Family,
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
But love leaves a memory no one can steal.
She was vibrant, she was fun, she was kind,
and she was blessed. Remembering her and
holding you & yours in prayer and thoughts.
Darlene Mai on April 30, 2015 at 11:20 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Diann's entire family. I have been honored to have called Diann a friend. I will always treasure working with an exceptional person and will treasure the memories of our outing to flower shops.

I am truly blessed for having her in my life
Marian Poock Elkowitz on April 30, 2015 at 11:13 AM said:

So very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Blessings to all of you.
Bob Saunders on April 30, 2015 at 9:43 AM said:

Jake: I had the good fortune to get to know Diane while we were at Columbus. I will keep her and your family in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.
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