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D. Grote webphotoDiane Grote, of Braham, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013 at her home.  She was 70 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.

VISITATION will be held 5-7 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

Diane Marie Grote “GG”, of Braham, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013 at her home. She was 70 years old.

Diane was born on August 27, 1943 to parents Harold and Georgia (Hawkinson) Stone at Mrs. Birches’ Maternity Home in Cambridge, Minnesota. Born the second of four children, Diane first lived on a farm near Paul’s Lake in Cambridge. The family moved to the Blaine area where Diane attended a one room school through the fourth grade. Diane enjoyed 4-H as a child and excelled in her cooking and baking projects. She also sang in a junior girls’ choir that traveled around Minnesota preforming. Diane attended Anoka High School, graduating in 1961 (Go Tornadoes!). Diane’s first job was at age 13, working summers through high school at the Erickson Truck Farm. After graduation, Diane took a job working at the Northwestern National Bank (the weather ball building) in downtown Minneapolis. In the summer of 1962, Diane met Nicholas Grote at a dance. The couple was united in marriage on September 19, 1964 at the Glen Cary Lutheran Church in Ham Lake. Diane and Nick made their home in Ham Lake and were blessed with the birth of their son, Chris in 1966. Diane worked as a bookkeeper for Unity Hospital for a short time but wanted more time at home with her family. They welcomed a daughter Nicole to the family in 1973.

In 1970, Diane and Nick moved their family to Braham and in 1972 they purchased the Braham Food Locker. Together they ran a successful business for 40 years before retiring and selling the business in June of 2012.

Diane was baptized in 1945 with her brother Michael and was later confirmed at the Glen Cary Lutheran Church. She became a member of the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church when she and Nick moved to Braham and was active in many church groups and events.

Diane had a passion for interior decorating and enjoyed making her home a show place, as well as helping many family and friends with creative designs for their own homes. She enjoyed antiquing and taking long drives with Nick. Diane was an excellent cook and baker and loved to entertain both family and friends. She loved the North Shore whether it was a quick day trip or a long weekend. Diane enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers. Most of all, Diane loved her family. She cherished her time spent with her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Diane is preceded in death by her parents, and nephews Roger Gillund and Andy Hemmer.

She is survived by her loving husband Nick; son Chris of East Bethel; daughter Nicole (Kelly) Johnson of Braham; grandchildren, Emilie and Nick Grote and Ethan and Sophia Johnson; sisters, Kathy (Cliff) Gillund of Ogilvie and Patty (Mark) Foster of Andover; brother Mike (Susan) Stone of Coon Rapids; sisters-in-law, Barbara (David) Hemmer of Clear Lake and Lori (Jim) Martin of Rush City; many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating. Music was provided by Karen Nordenstrom.  Casket Bearers were Diane nephews. Honorary Casket Bearers were Diane’s nieces.  Memorials will be given in honor of Diane to her favorite charities.

7 thoughts on “DIANE GROTE”

  1. So many family memories. We’ll all miss Diane…a wonderful lady (and Wade’s Godmother). Our sympathies to you Nick, Chris and Nicole and your families, plus Kathy, Patty, Mike and families. May God carry you as He does in Footprints in The Sand. Peace and love to you all.

  2. Dear Nick and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Diane’s death but know you have the faith in her resurrection. God be with you.

  3. Grote Family,
    So terribly sad to hear of your loss. I am now recalling all of my fun childhood memories with a smile as Diane looks down on me!!!
    Natalie (hilson) Dieterle

  4. Dear Nick, Chris, Nicole and family,

    It’s hard not to feel like an incredibly bright light was extinguished with the loss of Diane, but I know that’s not how she would want people to feel. She was such a breath of fresh air! I so admired her creativeness, her sense of humor, her optimism, her great taste, but mostly her love of family. Knowing her made ME a better person. She will be dearly missed.

    Hugs for all of you,
    Debbie Singh

  5. To all of you, Nick,Chris,Nicole, Kathy, Mike,Patty and all of your families our hearts are heavy with your loss, yet Jesus knows your sorrow and will sustain you always. I have so many memories of being with Diane, growing up with our families together so much of the time. Staying overnight in the little house, so crowded and yet so full of love. There are no answeres when we lose someone so quickly , we can only trust and celebrate her life. God’s healing grace be with you all Loren and Jane

  6. God bless your family in this time of loss and grief. I have only fond memories of your dear wife and mother from our days as neighbors out in Greeley. She was delightful and inspiring, and always exuding joy. Heaven will surely be brightened by her beautiful and kind spirit. Godspeed and comfort to you all-
    Kathy Finnerty Dobe

  7. Aunt Diane I’m going to miss you. I always remember the good times spent at your house when I was growing up especially at Easter when you’d have all us crazy kids scattering about the yard looking for foil covered eggs and all the spring times playing various sports activities in the back yard or riding the three/four wheelers. I could go on. You were such a positive person in my life and I appreciated that. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you have helped to create in my life. To the rest of the family we send our condolences from Korea and wish we could be home to spend time with you all. I wish you the best during this difficult time and will be thinking of you all.

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