CHASKA, MINN. - Diane Elizabeth Ekstrom, 85, of Chaska, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, Jan.15, 2019, at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul. Memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Chaska Moravian Church, 115 E 4th St., Chaska. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at the church. The inurnment will be in the spring at the Moravian Cemetery, Chaska. Arrangements by Bertas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Chaska, 952-448-2137, www.bertasfh.com.
Diane was born Oct. 18, 1933, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Glenn and Emily (Lewis) Johnson. She was one of four children. Diane graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1952 and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1955. She worked as an RN until retirement in 2004. On May 27, 1961, Diane married Warren Ekstrom at the Episcopal Church in Little Falls, Minnesota. They had three children. They were residents of Hutchinson, Minnesota, from 1971 to 1993 before moving to Chaska. She was a member of Eastern Star and volunteered at the food shelf, the Arboretum and meals-on-wheels for many years. Diane was a loving and devoted wife for 56 years, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She loved to cook, read books, swim at the community center and take care of her cats, Milo and Zyrtec. She was kind and loved by everyone who knew her.