Diane Lynn (Slee) Warncke

Age 72.  Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother gained eternal life with her Lord, Jesus Christ on April 20, 2019.  She was born on January 28, 1947 in Wauseon, Ohio to the late Guilford and Doris (Irwin) Slee Warncke.

Diane attended Davis Business College in Toledo, Ohio where she earned her business degree.  Diane married her husband Darryl in August, 1967.  She worked for the Swanton Lumber Company, Michigan Crop Improvement, Delhi Township Treasurer, Edru roller-skating rink, and 13 years at Okemos Community Church.  She gave countless hours of volunteering at Our Savior Lutheran Church with LWML, the Auction decoration committee, and many other ministries, Holt Vocal Music Boosters (Booster Babes) and the Holt Band Boosters.  She retired in 2006 to her most enjoyable and rewarding career, being a caring professional, devoted, loving top-notch grandmother.  In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling all over the world.  She enjoyed camping all over Michigan, especially with the grandchildren.  She was a huge MSU Spartan fan with season tickets to both Hockey and Football.  She especially enjoyed watching MSU win the Rose Bowl in 2014.  She found great joy every time MSU beat U of M in any sport.

Surviving are her devoted, loving husband of 51 plus years, Darryl Warncke; children, Matthew (Jennifer) Warncke and Jennifer (Jordan) Miller; grandchildren, Alexis Doyle, Lena Doyle, Joshua Miller, Hannah Miller, Rachel Warncke, Caleb Miller, and Abigail Miller.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Howard (Judy) Warncke, and 2 sisters-in-law, Paulajean (Weldon) Drewes and Ardyth (Don) Gearig, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother Doris (Slee) Warncke, father Guilford Slee, and step-father Arthur Warncke.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E. St. Joe Hwy., Lansing, MI.  Visitation will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church and again on Saturday for 1 hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Message of Hope Scholarship or the Lutheran Women’s Mission League.


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Shawna Figy
April 20, 2019 at 4:03 pm

As my tears fall, I know you are with Jesus, right where you belong. I will miss you laugh the most I think. You were my second family while I was at MSU and I’m so glad you were. Jen, Matt, Daryl, and the grandkids…many hugs and prayers for you as you figure out how to navigate without her. She will be watching over all of you and hope she helps our Spartans continue to beat those Wolverines. Much love.

Bruce & Kathy Bond
April 20, 2019 at 4:12 pm

Bruce & I are so sorry for you, Darryl, Jennifer, Matthew and all Diane’s dear grandchildren. She was such a wonderful friend to me; I was so hoping to have her as a friend many continued years. I have many cherished memories of her when we were at Our Savior together, she and I sat next to each other in the choir and attempted to sing alto together.

Celeste & Gary Clarkson
April 20, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Our hearts are filled with sadness in the loss of this wonderful woman. She filled the hearts of so many with her love, affection, smile and laughter. Condolences to her family. She will be missed. We will treasure the memories of her smile and (infectious) laughter.

Jamie Rahrig
April 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm

My deepest sympathies to your family. I loved hearing stories of travels and time with grandkids from Jennifer.

Richard and JoAnne Hackbarth
April 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm

Our sincere Christian sympathies to all the family.

Sue and Gene Wilson
April 20, 2019 at 6:57 pm

So sorry for the loss of this wonderful woman. My sympathies to the family. But I am sure she heard our Lord and Savior say, “Well done Diane, my faithful servant.”

Dennis and Judy Loar
April 20, 2019 at 11:48 pm

So sorry for your loss Darryl and family and our condolences and prayers. Diane was a life long friend. Loved being around her. Jesus opened his arms and welcomed her home. Praying for the family.

George Smith
April 21, 2019 at 7:42 am

Darryl, I’m sorry to hear about Diane. She and Vicki were Facebook friends and shared their challenges with living, but living in the Lord was what they excelled at. You both were very special. May the Lord guide and comfort you during this time of change for you and your family.

Pam Rouse
April 21, 2019 at 11:23 am

The world has loss a very special woman. Her love and laughter were a special gift and will be missed by all that had the joy of knowing her. God received a wonderful Angel. May you know that she will always be looking down and taking care of all of you. God Bless

Nancie Bauer
April 21, 2019 at 8:02 pm

I’m shocked and saddened by this news. I live 3 doors away and didn’t know it was this close. I’m so sorry for your families loss of an incredible woman. Her aura will be missed by all.

Richard and Bonnie Laeder
April 21, 2019 at 9:41 pm

We are sorry Darrryl and for your family. When I got on my fb yesterday after noon I saw the post from Kathy Bond my heart sank. I new she was with her Lord and Savior and no more pain. I wanted to get to know her better she was such a wonderful person and a wonderful sister in Chist. I will miss her so much as many others.

Mac and Colleen Wallace
April 22, 2019 at 9:44 am

Darryl and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. We have such fond memories of her and our time living on Moonlight. Now the 4th of July Parade in Mason will not be the same without a chance to visit with her and catch up with each other. Diane was such a sweet and caring person and we are honored to have known her. May God grant her eternal rest and surround you with His love and peace

Bernie and Mary Knezek
April 22, 2019 at 9:50 am

Our deepest sympathy to Darryl and the extended family on the loss of Diane. She was one of those rare individuals who brightened any occasion with her genuine interest in everyone present. We will miss that smile and the warmth of her friendship.

Alvin and Betty Smucker
April 22, 2019 at 11:02 am

Our saddened hearts extend sympathy and sincere prayers for Darryl and his extended family for this great loss of Diane. Her life was a beautiful example of Christian love and devotion to her family, friends, and community.

Richard H Leep
April 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family Darryl. May God strengthen you as you grieve Dianne’s passing.

Ruby and Russ Freed
April 22, 2019 at 1:22 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and the family in this time of sorrow.

Dee and Frank. Himes
April 23, 2019 at 3:07 pm

Darryl,you had a wonderful partner. Your christin faith. And friends will aid you children in the future.

Chris Riser
April 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm

I’m so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Hugs to your whole family during this difficult time. You were all such good neighbors. We have such great memories from our neighborhood that we will always treasure.

Paul Rieke
April 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm

Darryl and family. I join with so many others in expressing sorrow in the loss of your dear Diane. She obviously had a very full life that she lived well with a consistent faith. She has now been set free to be with her Savior. Take comfort in that and the wonderful memories from the years. May God be your refuge and provide peace, healing and strength in the coming days, months and years.

Kelle Jones
May 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

My dear Jennifer
You were chosen as Diane’s child and she blessed you with whole hearted love. She adored you and your family. Loved being Grandma and was blessed in her life to be your mom.
May she rest with Jesus.
Much love


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