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Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery - Chapel Hill

6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO

OBITUARY

Diane Barbara Ohlson

August 25, 1943June 11, 2020
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Diane Barbara Ohlson, 76, of Centennial, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2020 surrounded by loved ones at home. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 25, 1943, to Leonard and Ann Zeitz. Diane graduated from Charles F. Brush High School in 1961 and then became a Licensed Practical Nurse after graduating from the Jane Addams School in 1963. That same year her adventurous spirit helped her take flight to many places and guided her as a stewardess for Northwest Orient airlines. Diane later obtained a Registered Nurse Associate degree from Saint Mary’s Junior College in 1972 and worked as an RN as her heart and passion was to always be in service to others. For the remainder of Diane’s life, she worked selflessly as a sponsor to numerous people in the Alcoholics Anonymous program and recently celebrated 27 years of sobriety herself.

Diane is survived by her two daughters, Katy (Scott) Sparks and Kimberly (Michael) Golfman; grandchildren Kayla Ohlson, Reece Sparks, Olivia Golfman and Bodhi Golfman; brothers Ken (Diane) Zeitz and Tom (Barb) Zeitz; and sister Jane (Jay) Haller.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 1st, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at the Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery located at 6601 South Colorado Blvd., Centennial, CO. Guests attending service should go to the outside pavilion near the cremation garden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or make a memorial gift online at www.PHAssociation.org.

Fellow AA Members may also make a donation to their local chapter in her name.

“A new Angel got her wings today
Watch her soar and fly away
No more pain and misery,
She's as happy as can be
Those we love don't go away
They simply fly around us every day
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Maybe missed, but forever dear
Angel, we watched you go away today
Tears were wept, but in a promising way
Angel, take care and come what may
We know you know we will be okay”

-KG

To watch a livestream of the memorial service, please copy the following link into your browser:

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Services

  • Celebration of Life Gathering

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

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Kris Field

August 4, 2020

I’ve known Diane for over 20 years I’ve never in my life heard her turn down anyone who asked for help her service work in alcoholics anonymous was amazing she truly walked the walk and talked the talk I I watched most of the ceremony for her memorial on zoom it was beautifully done and even though I have 30 years of sobriety I learned that even I Could still learn some thing I had seen the image of the camel and ManyAA chips But I never knew that the image referred to something that Dr. Bob said explaining prayer and the camel prayer Itself
it was beautiful to hear that story and I was honored to pass on that story to my Monday night group meeting many of the members were not familiar with that story either I loved the music and Diane would’ve been pumping her fist in the air and laughing hilariously when she heard The Frank Sinatra song written by Paul Anka
my way
it was a beautiful ceremony and a wonderful opportunity for me and for everyone else to get to know her beautiful daughters better I am so sorry for your loss I am so sorry for my loss Diane and I were sisters insobriety and sisters in our love of cats I helped herMany many times over the years with cat problems cat food financial aid for Oreos cat bills cat questions veterinary referrals and anything else she needed she was a beautiful cook and a beautiful lady and I’ll miss her
A lot🙏🏻💕😻

Allyson Holgard

July 31, 2020

Allyson Holgard

July 31, 2020

Allyson Holgard

July 31, 2020

Allyson Holgard

July 31, 2020

There are no words to express the empty feeling in my heart I felt when Diane passed.

Her friendship and guidance meant the world to me. She and I had many years together of love, laughter, tolerance and generosity.

She could be so insightful, giving and kind to people she knew needed acceptance and love.

Her passion for travel (like myself-retired stewardess), nature, good food and community were at the core of her soul, and she proved it to the end, expressing her gratitude for the continuous stream of visits from friends and family she so dearly loved.

Diane was beyond proud of her daughters and grandchildren, as she shared many, many pictures and stories of what a beautiful family she was blessed with, especially at the end.

Our last big adventure was the 44th Interline Retired Flight Attendants luncheon at the Air Force Academy in CO Springs last spring. She was reluctant to go, as she was on continuous O2 and needed assistance, My prayers were answered when she agreed to go knowing it could be our last one together. She was showered with love from our friends and talked about it until the last week of her life.

Her spunk, generosity and love will be with me forever. “Fly free with your Diane Angel Wings“
my friend. I love you.

Rose Wilcox

July 29, 2020

I met Diane on an airplane in November, 1963. We were flying to Minneapolis to begin a five week training course to become a stewardess for Northwest Orient Airline. We were both so young and so excited for what the future might hold. We decided to be roommates and then became great friends. We shared many adventures in those early years. At one point Diane and I took a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado. On that trip Diane met Bob Ohlson and the rest is history. Although our lives took different courses, we stayed in touch for many years. I will always remember those early years with great fondness. I'm very saddened to learn of Diane's passing. She was always adventurous and kind hearted. May you rest in peace my old friend. My deepest sympathies to Katy, Kim and all the family members and friends. May happy memories ease your grief and bring you comfort at this sad time. With my love,
Rose Wilcox

Michelle Leibowitz

July 24, 2020

I will always remember and appreciate the nurturing thoughtfulness of the little things Diane shared of herself with my kids and I. The spring days that she would bring over fresh flowers and vegetables from her garden for us. The time she taught my daughter how to make homemade blueberry scones and rhubarb pie. During the summer she would bring over sunflowers from her garden, her famous potato salad (My favorite) and ask me if I needed any help with sewing my children’s clothing. Summers were busy as I worked full time with my 3 kiddos at home and Diane would try to help out in very nurturing and loving ways! My kids called her Grandma Diane. Movie nights during the winter at her house with her homemade pot roast and pumpkin pie were always something I looked forward to over the years. During the fall she loved taking a long drive in the mountains to see all the colors of the leaves changing. It’s because of Diane that I appreciate the change in the seasons so much. She and I would get into our arguments as loved ones do, she had a VERY cantankerous and stubborn spirit at times lol! She was terrible at saying the words, “I was wrong or I’m sorry”. But she tried her best to say those things in her own way, though actions and gestures of giving and kindness and love. Without words, we both understood what she was trying to say. I love you very much Diane! Thank you for being a part of our lives! I will miss you always! 💜💜
Ps. I hope you’re not giving God and the spirit angels too hard of a time up and around where you’re at lol! No but seriously Diane you can’t be the boss in the spirit world too okayyyy!
I can hear you laughing at me! 😂

Allyson Holgard

July 18, 2020

Beverly Jacobson Schler

July 15, 2020

My sincere condolences and loving prayers to you all on the loss of your dear Diane.

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Diane December 1975

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Diane December 1975

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76th Birthday 2019

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Stewardess for Northwest Orient Airlines

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She loved her Tulips and gardening in general

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St Mary's Junior College RN Graduate 1972

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