March 17, 1951January 22, 2017

Diana Lee Nykaza (Maiden: Kucharski), 65, of Zion, IL, passed away on Sunday January 22nd 2017 in Kenosha, WI at Aurora Medical Center.

Visitation will be held at Malec & Sons Funeral Home on Friday January 27th, 2017 at 8:30am – 10:00am, followed by a Prayer Service from 10:00am – 10:15.

The Funeral service will be held at St. Thecla Parish, 6725 W. Devon, Chicago, IL directly following the Prayer Service at 10:30am. Interment will follow at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 N. Milwaukee Ave. Niles, IL.

Diana was born in Milwaukee, WI to Walter & Rose Kucharski on March 17th, 1951. She lived life with a creative energy and always found joy in learning and finding her next adventure. She especially loved to take those adventures behind the wheel of a car with her husband Joe. Their favorite destinations were places such as Northern Wisconsin, Iowa and Southern Illinois. She also found great joy in spending time with her children, family and friends.

Diana is preceded in death by her Mother, Rose Kucharski. and Father, Walter Kucharski, Mother-in-law, Anna Nykaza and Father-in-Law, Joseph Nykaza.

Diana is survived by her Loving Husband, Joseph M. Nykaza of Zion, IL. Her children; Chad (Shannon) Ehnert, Holly (James) Busch and Ben (Heidi) Ehnert. Her Grandchildren Isabella and Carter, Brother and Sister-in-law Fred and Diana Nykaza, Nieces Kim and Pam and her brother Jeffrey A. Kucharski

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The National MS Society, . Condolences may be left in Diana’s online guestbook at

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Aurora Medical Center ICU Staff.

This is not goodbye; it is only see you later.


  • Visitation Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Prayer Service Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 27, 2017


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January 27, 2017

Holly, our deepest sympathies for your loss. May the love of friends and family provide some comfort during this very difficult time. ...Mike and Tammy

Dave Thanig

January 26, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Julie Hetzel

January 25, 2017

Holly,deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom. What a beautiful woman! It's a life changing event, prayers for you and your family for comfort during this difficult time. God bless you all