Diane Nelson DeLange died peacefully at 7:00 p.m. PDT, September 30, 2011, with her husband, Jim, and son, Matt, present. Her daughter, Adrienne, was still in hospital following the birth of Diane’s second grandson Glenn on September 28. Diane was 67 years old, having been born on July 7, 1944.
Emily Eastwood, Executive Director, Lutherans Concerned, said, “Diane and Jim met in the hospitality suite of the LC/San Francisco Chapter during the 1991 Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly. While Jim was long in the vanguard of the Lutheran movement for full participation and a recipient of the LC/NA Siefkes Award in 2000, many of us knew that Diane supported and enriched our efforts with her gifts for hospitality and culinary delights. Over the years, Diane and Jim hosted a wide variety of movement-related gatherings in their home Diane made a difference in the lives of countless people, welcoming, serving, comforting and rejoicing, all with a spirit of grace. I thank God for her life and her gifts abundantly shared with me and so many others in this ministry we share.”
Diane’s funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29, at St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church Street, San Francisco, California 94114. Her ashes will be interned at the St. Francis Memorial Terrace. A reception will follow in the parish hall. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, gifts in Diane’s memory be made to the St. Francis Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.
Lutherans Concerned extends our condolences to Diane’s family and friends and joins with them in celebrating her life, talents and the lasting gift of her hospitality.