Diane Faye Elder

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died March 7th, 2020

Diane Faye Elder, 78, passed away late Saturday morning, March 7, 2020 at her home in Escanaba.

She was born in Marquette, MI, on December 12, 1941, daughter of Raymond A. and Vivian I. (Hakala) Gutzman. Diane was raised in Marquette, MI, Skandia, MI, Chico, CA and Escanaba,MI where she has lived for 34 years. She graduated Graveret High school class of 1960, in Marquette, MI.

On June 29, 1963 she married Lysle L. Elder at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Along with being a mother, Diane worked several jobs over the years such as Garden Room Restaurant, Jade Garden, House of Ludington, Swedish Pantry, farming, a sales representative at Nextel and Hawaiian Tropics distributer until her retirement in 2003.

Diane was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished raising and taking care of her children. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, raising animals and vacationing at her children’s and grandchildren’s homes.

She was a member of the Steam and Gas Engine Association and Civic Center.

Survivors include her husband, Lysle L. Elder of Escanaba, MI; children, Lysle Ray (Kathryn) Elder of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Mark Jay (Mary) Elder of Ford River, MI and Stacey Faye Elder (fiancé James Glass) of Washinton, PA; grandchildren, Chris Elder of San Francisco, CA, Jordan Elder of Marino Del Ray, CA, Kelsea Elder of Mequon, WI, Brandee Mulligan of Wauwatosa, WI, Brenda Barra of Edgerton, WI, Kristin Jaeger of Edwards, CO, and Aidan Glass of Washington, PA; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Dale Gutzman and Debra Gutzman Vidlund; nieces and nephews, Erin (Gutzman) Rice, Michele (Gutzman) Creaney, Rachel (Vidlund) Tedder, Naomi (Vidlund) Evans, Robert Botsford, Derek Botsford, George Shiotelis III, David Shiotelis and Kevin Shiotelis; cousins, Dorothy Curry, Sally Morrison, Emery Dorrow, Maryann Mico, Jan Johnson, Greg Ree and Gary Gutzman.

Diane is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond A. and Vivian I. (Hakala) Gutzman.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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10 Tributes to “Diane Faye Elder”

  1. So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. I enjoyed working with Diane at the Jade Garden, where we met. And then seeing her at the Steam and Gas Village. Just last summer we saw her with a big smile whenever we ran into each other there. She will be greatly missed. Hugs to you all!!

  2. How do you say goodbye to someone you have known since you were a little girl. There are no bad memories. Only the good times we all shared as a family. The farm. Forest park drive. Watching Diane with her Hawaiian tropic van full of all those great smelling goodies. How tan she was for the job! Waitressing at the garden room….. dinners together…… until we meet again love you❤️

  3. I am so sorry about your families loss. I enjoyed my short visit with Diane and Les at their home last summer. Prayers for comfort and peace

  4. Les, Ray and I want to send our sympathy to you and the family.
    Diane was a friend of mine. I enjoyed watching her with tears of pride as Mark sang and directed
    Brekon on the drums at one of Marks parties. Sincerely Audrey and Ray.

  5. So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. We so enjoyed our visit to your home many years ago. And our get-togethers at our Cousins Luncheons was a real joy visiting with you both. You, Les, and your family have our sympathy. Our love and prayers go out to you all. Sincerely, Emery and Joan Dorow

  6. Extending to you and your family this heartfelt assurance of deep sympathy,
    Marquette Area Public Schools
    Board of Education and Employees

  7. Les, I am just heartsick about Diane! I was shocked when I read this just recently in the Steam And Gas mostly report, I did not even know about it or you would have heard from me for sure. My apologies for not knowing. I will call you this week and we can have a chat, rest assured that you are in my thoughts and prayers and may God be with you and the family through these grieving times. We will certainly miss her and her great smile around the grounds at the Steam and Gas show! God bless you and the rest of the family!

  8. Just recently I was going thru obituaries which I missed being away and much to my surprise I saw where your Diana passed away. My sympathy to you Les. I enjoyed serving with Diana and you and others on the Escanaba Senior center advisory board.

    Looking forward for all of us to see you at our next meeting in July.

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