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Diane Neth

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Diane V. Neth, 70, of Menno, S.D., passed away Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at the Menno-Olivet Care Center, Menno.

Diane Virginia Orth was born on Aug. 24, 1947 to Harold and Alta (Wiedenbach) Orth at the Scotland Clinic, Scotland, S.D. Diane grew up on the family farm in rural Scotland; she attended Plugraph Country School and then Scotland High School, where she graduated in 1965. Diane then headed to Brookings, S.D., and graduated from South Dakota State University with her bachelor of science in 1969.

After graduating from SDSU, Diane took up residence in Iowa as a family and consumer science teacher; after a few years, she decided to head back to Brookings for graduate school and served as the House Mother for Farmhouse Fraternity and graduated with her master’s of science in 1981. She met Wally in 1980 and they were united in marriage on Nov. 21, 1981 at the United Church of Christ in Scotland. Diane moved to Wally’s farm in rural Menno and held teaching positions in the Menno and Freeman areas. They had one child, John Walter, who was born on Oct. 4, 1983. 

Diane was a devoted grandma who loved spoiling her grandchildren and her “grand-dog” Jasper and giving the kids rides on Grandma’s chair; she also enjoyed cooking, sewing, spending time with family and friends, especially Christy Orth, Linda Schroeder and Kathy Stepanek, later in life. Diane had a long journey with her health. Through it all, she was a strong advocate for her care and needs. Through it, she established many positive relationships that she considered her extended family.  

Diane is survived by her son, John (Lindsay) Neth, Brandon, S.D.; grandchildren: John “Will” Jr., Ella and Aiden Neth, Brandon; sister Nadine (Gordon) Jensen, Wakonda, S.D.; brother Ken Orth (George Paolucci), Boston, Ma.; brothers-in-law: Elmer Neth, Yankton and Carl (Linda) Zeeb, Menno; sisters-in-law: Eleanor (Wilbert) Renner, Springfield, S.D., Elda Zeeb, Menno and Addie Zeeb, Yankton; great friends Kathy (Ken) Stepanek and Linda Schroeder; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Walter “Wally” Neth; parents Harold (Alta) Orth; sister Marion (Jim) Sonichsen; brothers-in-law: Wilmer (Esther) Zeeb, Emil Zeeb and Leo Zeeb; sister-in-law Delores (Lee) Quast; great friend Christy Orth; several nephews and nieces and her beloved “grand-dog, Jasper. 

A funeral service was held Thursday, March 1 at Salem Reformed Church, Menno, with Rev. Michael Hecht presiding. Burial will be at a later date in the Menno Cemetery.