Dianne Dana

8 January, 19431 September, 2020

Dianne Dana

January 8, 1943 - September 1, 2020

Dianne Dana (Teply), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who met her, passed away peacefully with her family by her bedside after suffering from Alzheimer's for several years. She was 77 years young.

Dianne is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Duane L. Dana; her son, Karl Dana (Dr.Yukari Maezato) of Alexandria, VA; her daughter, Dr. Carmen Dana of Papillion, NE; granddaughter Julia Pedersen of Papillion, NE; grandson Paxton Pedersen of Papillion, NE; sister Sondra Bryant of Boise, ID; mother-in-law Lillian Dana of Buhl, ID; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends from all over the United States. She was preceded in death by her parents. Dianne was born on January 8, 1943 to Louis and Vonda Teply in Boise, ID. Dianne attended the University of Idaho where she received a degree in Elementary Education. She married her soul-mate Duane Dana in 1966. From that day forward, they were inseparable. They moved several times, especially early in their marriage, as they followed Duane's career in Electrical Engineering, living in Moscow, ID; Bellevue, NE; Bellevue, ID; Oklahoma City, OK and then Papillion, NE. They had their first child, Karl, in 1968, and their daughter Carmen in 1970. The family moved to Papillion, NE in 1971 and have spent the rest of their lives there raising their children, watching them graduate from high school and college and embarking on their own lives. Dianne was an elementary school teacher who balanced the needs of family with her tireless work ethic and drive. She loved teaching and watching the children learn. In her spare time, Dianne loved to do crafts. She especially loved needle work and created many needle point pictures and embroidered quilts, especially for newborns. Dianne loved the mountains and lake at McCall, ID and traveled there with Duane, their children, and eventually their grandchildren every year. Always together, their life is a true love story. Dianne had many friends, old and new, and she took action to keep them in her life, despite distance or passage of time. Dianne's ability to put people at ease and stimulate conversation and laughter were blessings. She never met a person that she didn't like. Her home was a frequent site of large family gatherings for holidays, reunions, birthdays and parties. No occasion was too small to celebrate, and Dianne's hospitality, generosity and love welcomed all around her. Above all, Dianne was a devoted wife and life-partner to Duane, and mother to her children. She was proud of her husband, her children, and her grandchildren. Her children remember her as an intelligent, strong, compassionate, hard-working, supportive, and fiercely loving mother who was always there. In recent years when she retired from teaching and became a grandmother, a dream for her, she treasured every moment with her grandchildren, describing them simply, and often, as "just beautiful". She lived every day to the fullest with vigor and a zest for life and an unwavering love of others which will never be forgotten.

In liew of flowers, please send memorial tributes in Dianne's name to the charity of your choice. Due to Covid 19, Private Family Service only will be Saturday, September 5, 2020 with Private Gravesite Services at Cedardale Cemetery in Papillion. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when we can safely celebrate with all of Dianne's family and friends.


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Diane Cox

September 8, 2020

Dear Duane, Karl Carmen, Julia & Paxton,

When we start thinking of our Memories our list goes on & on ----
to many to mention here.

We want you to know that we have you very much in our thoughts at this very difficult time.

With our love & deepest Sympathy

Our love to you, Evan & Diane

Lona Hooley

September 4, 2020

My memories of Dianne are sweet happy memories. She loved her grandchildren so much and would not miss a game or event that they were in. Her sweet nature rubbed off on everyone she met. I so enjoyed our time together watching our grandchildren. Loved this lady. She will surly Be missed but always remembered with a smile and warmth in. My heart.

Jenn Wemhoff

September 4, 2020

Mrs Dianne Loved me and my family like her own from the moment we met. She gave me the best hugs and always had a sweet smile whenever we chatted! She loved having margaritas with me at baseball tourneys and I will never drink another one and not think of her! Love to the whole Dana family! You are friends and FAMILY FOREVER!
Until we see each other again Mrs Dianne!!

Jennifer Wemhoff and family

Janie Botsch

September 4, 2020

My sincere sympathy to all of your family in the loss of Dianne. I am a retired teacher from Papillion LaVista and knew her through teaching. I remember her wonderful personality and great sense of humor. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Janie Botsch

Cindy Jacobs Morrison

September 3, 2020

So very sorry to learn of Diane’s death. We have such wonderful memories of Diane when the boys were growing up in Papillion . Always the best cheerleader at the sporting event . A cheerful lady of compassion and thoughtfulness.
The Lord has greeted her in heaven with joy!
Max, Mark and Matthew Jacobs

Halle Settles

September 2, 2020

I’m so very sorry about the passing of Dianne, she seemed like such an amazing lady. She will be remembered by all, and her memory will live on through all of you.

Kati Settles

September 2, 2020

These are beautiful words written about Dianne’s life. You are all in our hearts and minds during this very difficult time. Wishing you love and comfort.

Luanne Gray

September 1, 2020

So very sorry to hear about Diane.
Really shocked.
Have a lot of good memories as a good friend & neighbor( talking over the fence).
She is in a good place & is comfortable. Hopefully with time you will be also!!
Luanne & Bob Gray
Laura Lurry
Lynn Gray

Shirley Ertz

September 1, 2020

Dana family. We are so sorry to hear of Dianne’s passing. We have many fond memories from Leprechaun Lane. She was such a great person to have known.
Love and prayers. Shirley and Ernie Ertz


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