Diana L. Ahrens

September 21, 1950March 13, 2013

Diana L. Ahrens, 62, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday March 13, 2013 at her residence. She was born on September 21, 1950 in Taylorville, IL., the daughter of Earl and Mae Dowdell McMillen. She married Lyle Ahrens on January 20, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nevada and he survives.

She is also survived by two daughters: Kelley Ahrens, and Kim (Mark) Barnes both of Scottsdale, AZ., her two sons: Bryan Gooden and Michael Gooden both of Springfield, her two sisters: Marsha (Chuck) Norris of Mount Auburn, IL., and Marilyn Standley of Springfield, her loving mother Mae McMillen of Springfield, three grandchildren in Arizona and her grandson Rob Gooden of Springfield. Mrs. Ahrens was preceded in death by her father.

Diana was an X-Ray Technician at St. John’s Hospital for twelve years. She enjoyed knitting, spinning, and quilting, and she was of the Methodist Faith.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm on Monday March 18, 2013 at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. The family will meet friends from 2:00pm until the time of service at the funeral home on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Home Services Hospice, and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Memorial Gathering Monday, March 18, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, March 18, 2013

Diana L. Ahrens

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted


March 25, 2013

Lyle my condolences from the mother of your children Kelley Ahrens and Kimberley Barnes. I hope the best for you, Sandie

Randy & Terri Hoover

March 20, 2013

Dear Lyle and Family,
We were so sad at the passing of Diana. She had such a long hard fight.
We have so many fond memories of Diana. She was such a bright, wonderful, happy person. We had great times laughing on camping trips, playing pictionary at the house, and going out for a little drink and dancing.
Our prayers are with the whole family at this sad time. But, rest in the promise that she is at peace and happy on the next leg of her journey!

Jill Sullivan

March 20, 2013

I was very sadden to learn of Diana's passing. I worked with her many years at St. Johns in Radiology, and she was always a kind, gentle, caring staff tech with a sweet smile. May the family have comfort in happy memories of Diana.

Bryan Gooden

March 18, 2013

I would like to thank all who attended the Memorial Service for My mother,Diana Ahrens. The comfort provided by your presence with us in this time of remembrance cannot be overstated. Familiar faces,loved ones,and friends,all of you are in our thoughts warmly,as we sat together in honor of a fine woman,a warm and compassionate person,a neighbor,a close friend,a Family Member. I,Bryan Gooden,her son,Thank You All,kindly,and warmly,on behalf of the entire family,especially her bereaved Husband,Lyle,and her Grandson,Robert. God Bless You and Yours,and may our next meeting be on a less solemn occasion.

Cheryl (Poor) Noller

March 17, 2013

Dear Lyle and family,
It just seems like yesterday that I was in X-Ray school with Diana. I always felt my class was like family. Diana was the oldest sister. We shared so many good times and I know her family meant everything to her. I will not be able to attend tomorrow, but please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Mischele (blevins) Lolie

March 17, 2013

Dear Lyle and family i went to school with Diana and remember her as kind and funny and full of life i am so sorry for this loss.

Deb Wakefield

March 17, 2013

Dear Lyle and family, I too went to school and worked with Diana. We were the oldest kids in that class! We shared many laughs and experiences many years ago. Lyle,I remember when you came into her life and how happy she was. Sorry I cannot make the visitation, but my thoughts are with you.

March 17, 2013

Dear Lyle and Family,
Diana was a dear friend. We started x-ray school together and then worked together at St. Johns. She was a lovely person who kept me laughing. She loved her boys and did everything she could to give them a good life growing up. I will cherish my memories of her forever. I pray for your peace and comfort in this time of loss. She loved you all very much.
Kelly (Dorwart) Shearburn
Jacksonville, IL

March 17, 2013

diana,may you find yourself walkng the Elysian Fields with you love ones. my Condolences to the family.

nick ladson

March 17, 2013

diana,may you find yourself walkng the Elysian Fields with you love ones. my Condolences to the family.