Diana R. (Gross) Schlinger, 75, of Pine Island, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Pine Haven Care Center.
She was born Nov. 2, 1943, in Hayfield, to Ray and Mae (Johnson) Gross. Diana was raised on the family farm and graduated from Hayfield High School in 1961. She worked various jobs before marriage and then became a full-time homemaker.
She married Daryl Schlinger on Jan. 26, 1963. After marriage, they lived in Blooming Prairie and Mantorville. They moved to Pine Island in 1966.
Diana enjoyed home decorating, cross-stitching, crossword puzzles, spending time with family, grandchildren and favorite dog, Dusty. She was a longtime member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island.
Diana is survived by her husband of 56 years, Daryl; four children, Daniel (Peggy) Schlinger, of Apache Junction, Ariz., Danelle (Mark) McGraw of Rosemount, Darwin (Kim) Schlinger of Cottage Grove, and Darin Schlinger of Rochester; six grandkids, Ryan, Megan, Michael, Kyle, Lea and Zachary; brother, Kenneth (Dora) Gross of Hayfield; and sisters, Kathy Voight of Hayfield, and Linda (Craig) Earley of Preston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Mae Gross; sister, Nyliene; and three nephews.
Diana’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island, 214 Third St. SW. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church with lunch and social time after church service. Burial will be planned at a later date.
Online condolences are welcome and may be written at mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com