OBITUARY

Diane M. Leitz

July 9, 1937June 19, 2019
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We lost our mother on 6-19-19 from injuries sustained in an auto accident on the North Wenas Road on 6-14-19 at Harborview Hospital in Seattle.

Mom was born on July 9th, 1937 to Clyde and Barbara Whalen in Bellingham, Washington. She grew up in Custer and graduated from High School in Ferndale, Wa. with her lifelong childhood friends in 1955.

She met her husband, Robert Leitz in North Bend, Washington in 1956. They were married fifty-one years. We lived in Monroe, Washington from 1958 to 1973.

We later moved to Selah, Washington where she ran a dairy. All of her cows were tame. One in particular wouldn’t leave the milk barn until after mom walked out of the milking pit and gave her a kiss. The cow would then flick a switch and walk out the door. If she was out in the field they would all surround her. Each and every one had a name.

Later on she raised Holstein Replacement Heifers. The farmers would be in awe over the beautiful livestock she raised.

She was the best mother and grandmother anyone could ask for. We all loved her very much and are heartbroken over losing her. She was like a tigress when it came to her family and a good friend to many. We have fond memories of her singing. She had the most beautiful voice and sang often to her children, grandchildren and her cows.

Rarely did anyone leave her house without canned fruit or jams or jellies she put up. She was known for her wonderful pies. She was always making them for us and her grandchildren.

She loved her roses and if a new one came out she had to get it. They brought her a lot of joy.

She’s preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Leitz, parents Clyde and Barbara Whalen, her father and mother in law, Edward and Geraldine (Putz) Leitz, brothers Larry and Robert Whalen, and two grandsons, Robert J. Leitz and Aaron A. Leitz.

She leaves behind her children, Robert (HeiDee) Leitz of Sequim, Barbara (Doug) Button of Gleed, Robin (Dennis) Zerr of Gleed, Joseph (Leidiane) Leitz of Shelton, Lisa (Brad) Greenwalt of Odessa, and Margey Leitz of Ellensburg, adopted daughters Wendy Leitz of Olympia and Naty Leitz of Poulsbo. She also leaves her grandchildren, Rina, Edward, David, Diana, Brian, Curtis, Ricky, Shannon, Lindsey, Sandi, Laura, Joseph, Samantha, Mac, Kari and Jimmy, and a total of 34 great-grandchildren; brothers David (Brunetta) Whalen of Finley, Gerry (Donna) Whalen of Idaho, Greg Whalen of Oklahoma, and her aunt and uncle Jack and Lola Whalen of Yakima; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Everyone who knew her loved her. She was the most kind and compassionate person ever and the best mother anyone could ask for.

We’re going to miss you mom until we meet a again. We all love you so much. This never should have happened.

Services will be Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m. at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Wenas Cemetery with a reception to follow at Fairbridge Inn.

  • FAMILY

  • She’s preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Leitz, parents Clyde and Barbara Whalen, her father and mother in law, Edward and Geraldine (Putz) Leitz, brothers Larry and Robert Whalen, and two grandsons, Robert J. Leitz and Aaron A. Leitz.

    She leaves behind her children, Robert (HeiDee) Leitz of Sequim, Barbara (Doug) Button of Gleed, Robin (Dennis) Zerr of Gleed, Joseph (Leidiane) Leitz of Shelton, Lisa (Brad) Greenwalt of Odessa, and Margey Leitz of Ellensburg, adopted daughters Wendy Leitz of Olympia and Naty Leitz of Poulsbo. She also leaves her grandchildren, Rina, Edward, David, Diana, Brian, Curtis, Ricky, Shannon, Lindsey, Sandi, Laura, Joseph, Samantha, Mac, Kari and Jimmy, and a total of 34 great-grandchildren; brothers David (Brunetta) Whalen of Finley, Gerry (Donna) Whalen of Idaho, Greg Whalen of Oklahoma, and her aunt and uncle Jack and Lola Whalen of Yakima; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • EdwardLeitz
  • David Leitz
  • Joseph Leitz
  • Curtis Leitz
  • Richard Leitz
  • Brian Button

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, June 29, 2019

Memories

Diane M. Leitz

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Susan Hitchcock (Brown)

July 2, 2019

I never had the privilege to meet Diana. I did meet her daughter Lisa who is a shining star, with wit and personality. So sorry for your loss Lisa and the family. Thank you Diana for raising such a wonderful lady "Lisa".

Sincerely
Susan Hitchcock (Action Collectors)

Donna Tipton

June 30, 2019

Diane you were the kindness and sweetest woman I've ever known. You always treated me like family when ever I saw you at Robin's house. You will be missed by all who knew and loved you. You are now with God and singing and looking down on your children and grandchildren watching over them. You were an angel here on earth now your an angel in heaven. Rest in peace precious lady.

Jerry & Donna whalen

June 27, 2019

If roses grow in Heaven Lord, please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my SISTER'S arms and tell her they're from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.
Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day. But there is an ache within my heart that will never go away.

We miss you but thank God for memories. Memories of the rides we took and listening to you sing, you have such a fantastic voice and no doubt you're singing with the angels in Heaven.
Memories of watching you cook, watching you bake pies, everything you made always tasted so good. Memories of the smile on your face and of the guidance you gave.
The journey you're on now with streets paved of gold and with Jesus, we will see you again someday.
Love and miss you, our beautiful, wonderful sister and aunt.
Jerry, Donna & Kiara


Barbara Button

June 26, 2019

I can’t believe your gone Mom.
I’ll always remember how loving and affectionate you were. So many people loved you. You adopted so many of our friends and friends of yours Grandchildren if you felt they needed you.
I remember all the birthday and slumber parties you put on while we were growing up in Monroe. Everyone loved you so much.
I’m not sure how to deal with your loss. The only comfort I have is knowing your with Jesus and all your loved ones who went before you.
Your always in my heart. I love and miss you Mom😢❤️

Shannon Mccrumb

June 26, 2019

Oh grandma! So many memories through the years! Some of my best childhood memories were spent with her on the farm! Lindsey and I would go stay when grandpa was out of town we loved feeding the calves with their bottles! Grandma taught us how to do embroidery while drinking hot cocoa, we both always wanted to sleep with her and I remember her always sleeping with the window open so the breeze blew in! She loved to take us to lunch for whoppers (they were 99 cents) and fresh peach shakes from Tom Tom! Baking pies, eating apples with crunchy Adams peanut butter and air popped popcorn! As I became older I enjoyed coffee dates with her and adult conversations I could have with her about life, love, frustrations! She loved that I liked cooking. I loved walking through her flowers with her she knew the name of all of them and talked to the silly things like they were people! She could be feisty but had a heart of gold and loved her kids and grand kids regardless off their faults! She was so proud of everyone! I can still hear her singing to her birds and the dogs as they howled back in response to her opera! I have too many memories to list. I know she’s watching us and I know she is flying in heaven and we will meet again!

Karen Whalen

June 25, 2019

Diane is my first cousin and what a remarkable Lady . Always holding herself with such grace, even when it seemed that things would fall apart. Diane had an insurmountable love for her children and grandchildren, she touched anyone’s life she came into contact with. Diane came to my rescue on a day in September of 2008; this amazingly strong woman saved my life and gave me the will to keep living. Thank you Diane, you will be forever in my heart. God speed to you beautiful Lady, I hope you and Bob are waltzing. All my love and forever grateful, Karen Whalen

George Graves

June 25, 2019

I've known Diane for 40 plus years. She was one of the sweetest, kindest, hardest working woman I've ever know. She always had a smile on her face and had a heart of gold. She loved her family with all her heart. Such a tragic ending to a legendary woman. You are greatly missed Diane. Prayers to Robin and Dennis and the rest of your friends and family.

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