Diane K. Notch

September 12, 1941November 28, 2018

Diane Kay (Rife) Notch, age 77, passed away on Nov. 28, 2018 at her Northfield, MN home surrounded by family.

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Dec. 8 at the Main Street Moravian Church (713 Division St. S., Northfield, MN) with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery (2250 St. Anthony Blvd. N.E., Minneapolis, MN.)

Diane was born to Dorothy (Ostvig) and John E. Rife, Sr., in Minneapolis, MN on Sept. 12, 1941 and her early years were spent in rural Scott County and Excelsior, MN. She was a 1959 graduate of Minnetonka High School where she established lifelong friendships that continued to her death.

A 1964 graduate of Augsburg College with degrees in sociology and psychology, she earned her masters of social work from the State University of Iowa in 1970. She devoted 44 years to a career in social work and mental health in Iowa and Minnesota.

Diane began her career in Nicolett and Sterns County social services in Minnesota. Her professional career in Iowa culminated as clinical manager of counseling centers for Central Iowa Health after almost two decades with Broadlawns Medical Center. She had also worked with the Jasper County MentaL Health Center, Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluation Center, Orchard Place Residential Treatment Center and Clarinda Mental Health Institute. In her early retirement she enjoyed challenging students to think critically in introductory social welfare courses at the Des Moines Area Community College.

A longtime hospice volunteer, she also worked with an ALS Support Group for MDA and was a member of the Des Moines Downtown Council of Social Concerns. She served 10 years as a member of the West Des Moines Human Services Advisory Board.

Diane’s caring for all people, but especially women and social justice, was demonstrated not only in her profession but volunteer commitments and community activism. Since 1972 she was an active member of Soroptimist International, dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls leading to social and economic empowerment. Among numerous leadership positions, she was North Central Region Governor, 1990-92.

Returning to Minnesota after retirement, she became immersed in the Northfield community, including the Save the Depot Committee. At Aging Services for Communities she was a devoted volunteer driver and executive board member for six years. She found a treasured church home and family at the Main Street Moravian Church and friends in the community at Fifty North and Curves.

Her yearbook listing referred to Diane as “Quiet and shy, or is she?” She had great depth, passion, and intellect behind a sometimes quiet demeanor. She was known for elegance and dignity but also a whimsical style including lots of hats and bright colors. She was the unique aunt whose gift boxes were always greeted enthusiastically. Better than “Dear Abby” for advice and counsel, her intuitive, insightful guidance could include honest comments that were dead-on if not always what you wanted to hear. Her support of others’ growth extended to many people she met in all areas of her life.

Diane will be greatly missed by many friends and family. She was the beloved sister of siblings: Garry Kopp, St. Paul; Alisa Martin, Worland, WY; Carol Bannerman, Silver Spring, MD; Roman Kopp, Jr (Theresa) Northfield; James (Tanya) Rife, Sebeka; Cherie (Thomas) Smylie, Edgewood, NM; Thomas Rife, Mounds View; John Jr. (Mildred “Tootie), Nowthen; and Karen Sue (Errol) Keith, Loudon, TN. Her passing is a great loss to many loving nieces and nephews. She played a special role in the lives of Ryan Schoepp, Columbus, OH; Jennifer Notch (Joe) Selby, Nashua, NH; and John Notch, Sheree (Notch) Archila, and Patti Notch, Des Moines. She was preceded in death by parents Dorothy and Roman Kopp and John and Helen Rife and brothers Allan Rife, Sr., and Timmy Rife.

The family especially appreciates the warm assistance provided by Northfield Hospice, during Diane’s final days. Memorials preferred to the Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities’ Live Your Dream” [] or Main Street Moravian Church, Capital Fund. [] Memorials preferred. Arrangements by Sunset


  • Visitation Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, December 8, 2018

Diane K. Notch

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Donna Schoepp

December 8, 2018

To the Kopp & Rife Family
I love all of you guys, but I made one big mistake in life. I had things that got me so busy with my own problems, I lost contact with all of you and I am so sorry. I would like to be there for the services and support all of you, but my health is preventing me from being there. Growing up as a little girl, I was jealous of Diane, all of my life because she was so beautiful. Diane was the neatest person in my life. I am here today, thanking Diane, and all of you for my grandson Ryan, that walked into my life yesterday and I hope will stay with me forever.

Daniel Christ

December 6, 2018

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son(+), and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

First, it was delight to converse with Diane. We shared food at the Hideaway, at the Brick Oven, at the Ball Room, & at Main Street Moravian. Diane would bring such wonderful things for us to eat after worship. Many times, when I was presiding and preaching at worship, she would kindly make coffee for the post worship refreshments which I had brought. We talked about our similar work in mental health as well as our volunteer driving. Good memories for me.

Second, Diane made the sign of the cross upon herself at worship. She did this unobtrusively. She recognized the power of the cross. Not to imply any magic but the reality is that In This Sign You Shall Conquer (IHSV). And conquer she has through the grace & mercy of the Crucified Savior. In I Corinthians 2:2, St Paul writes, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” In our tradition, this verse was vital to the Moravian Movement, for this is the central truth that Jesus Christ died to take away our sins & to give to us eternal life thru his holy cross.

Third, for Diane the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion was very precious. Whoever administered the Sacrament did not matter, but she was grateful & devout receiving the Body and Blood of the Savior. So now when we eat & drink at the Altar of the Lord, we know that we are participating in a fellowship which transcends time & place. In the Lord’s Supper we are united to Jesus Christ & his mystical Body both on earth & in heaven above.

The day will come when Jesus Christ will return in glory to unite all his believing people in the bliss of a kingdom without death or tears. Then we will be with Christ & all those who have gone before us. But until that day we thank God for the noble & gracious life of Diane & we pray comfort for those who mourn her passing.
Prayerfully Yours,
Dan Christ

Nancy Katzen

December 5, 2018

Dear Carol, Renee and Graeme,

Our sincerest condolences to you and your other family members on Diane’s passing. We are so grateful for getting to know her at Evan and Renee’s wedding and Renee’s graduation. She was truly a special person who exuded warmth, kindness and class as soon as you met her. I know she will be so missed by all of you. She was such a gift in your lives. We hope that your memories will provide comfort during this difficult time.

Nancy and Denny

Shannon Gunderson

December 3, 2018

Ah, Diane! When she walked into a room it became brighter! I met her many years ago thru Soroptimists— probably 25 — 30 years ago. ALWAYS a class act~ Smart, beautiful and fun! 🎉 She was always so interested in YOUR story and was a guiding force for SIA- I will miss your steady smile and your secret love for my sometimes off color humor. 🙄 RIP- you will be missed❤️ With sincere love and sympathy, SHANNON 🎹🎵🌟❤️


December 2, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. Diane Will be missed. May the words at Revelation 21:3,4 bring you a measure of comfort as it has for me. I will pray for the family.

Melissa Read

December 1, 2018

Our condolences for Diane's family. My husband Ken has ALS and Diane was always there for us during the awful adjustments required after receiving the diagnosis. Please know she was well respected and greatly appreciated.