Dianne Westman, age 66, of St. James, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health Care System-Mankato. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Augustana Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be Monday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday one hour before services at the church. You may send the family condolence online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Dianne Jane Baarson was born in St. James on March 4, 1947, the daughter of Albert and Irene (Sexton) Baarson. Dianne grew up in the Odin area and graduated from Butterfield High School. On August 28, 1965, she was united in marriage to Douglas Westman. The couple made their home in St. James where they raised their family. Dianne worked for JC Penney Co. for several years. In 1978, she went to work at S.T. Industries in purchasing. She worked there until her health forced her to retire in 2003. Dianne underwent two liver transplants in 2003 followed by several major surgeries. Dianne enjoyed traveling, spending summers camping in Butterfield, traveling to Texas for the winter, returning to watch their grandsons wrestle. Dianne and Doug were very active followers of their grandkids sporting activities. Even when her health wouldn't allow her to attend the events in person, she would listen on the radio. Dianne loved the outdoors, she would enjoy watching the wildlife while camping or looking at wild flowers as she, Emily and Tracey went around the path in Butterfield. She also enjoyed playing cards with friends especially when she and Mary Ann would beat Donny and Doug in Cards.
She is survived by her husband, Doug; daughter, Tracey (Chad) Gronewold, son; Troy Westman all of St. James; brothers, Larry
(Shirley) Baarson of Lisbon, N.D., Dennis (Geraldine) Baarson of Richland, Mich., Al (Laura) Baarson of Castle Rock, Colo.; grandchildren, Matt Westman, Ryan Westman, Tyler Westman and Emily Gronewold; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, LaDonna Baarson; niece, Twyla Snow; and in-laws Edwin and Mildred Westman.