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“Doug I am so sorry to hear about Dianne death. I want to extend my sympathy to you and your family. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: JudyDoug Pitz - Cascade, IA

“We are so sorry to hear of Dianne s passing. We thought so much of her and she was a devoted wife and mom to all of you ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Marta Brooks - Bettendorf, IA

“I'm so sorry I was a co worker I'll miss her ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Elisabeth Krolick - Dubuque, IA

“Dear Doug and family, We're so sorry for your loss and extend our deepest sympathy to all. You are in our prayers. Randy and Kathy Hotchkin ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy Hotchkin - Dubuque, IA

“I am heart sick for your loss . What a beautiful angel you have now there are no words ...I'm so sorry ... ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Karla Fettkether - Sherrill, IA

“Doug, Eunice, Leroy, Pam, Ryan, and Family,We are so sorry to hear about Dianne's passing. Please know that we suffer with you.Love,Todd, Rachel, and...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Todd Wolbers - Oshkosh, WI

“Dear Doug and family, we are so very sorry to hear about Dianne. Please know you are in our thoughts. With sympathy, Lori & Rod ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Lori Fiebelkorn - Sherrill, IA

“I got to be friends with Dianne at Key West when I was in 1st grade and she was in 2nd. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. My...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Molly Fagan - Oklahoma City, OK

“May your memories give you peace and comfort. Prayers to all of you. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Amy (Fudge) Brunkow - Ankeny, IA

“Wonderful person! If there's a Hall of Fame for Football Moms, she is in it! Always there to help her boys succeed. Great family!!! ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Mark Ehlers

“Dianne was my first friend. We grew up together in Metropolatian heights. Many hours were spent playing barbies and school and exploring outside. I...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Ann Schuster-Wolf - Central City, IA


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Dianne M. Fritsch, age 51, of Asbury, was called home peacefully at 7:00 a.m., on Friday, May 11, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dianne's life, private family funeral services will be held. To celebrate Dianne's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Dianne was born on August 18, 1966, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leroy and Eunice (Wolbers) Bastian.

Dianne enjoyed her youth growing up in Dubuque and learned very early in life the value of faith, family and friends, along with the love and respect required to properly care for them all. She eventually found the love of her life, Douglas Fritsch, and they were united in marriage on May 28, 1988, at St. Joseph Church in Key West. The two have been blessed with almost 30 wonderful years together, and 3 undeniably adored sons, who are their pride and joy. Dianne was naturally gifted and personally driven within to always maintain excellence in all she was involved in, or put her mind to. This trait would definitely shine through as she committed the last 17 years of her working career to the Dubuque Community School District in the Hempstead High School Cafeteria. Dianne not only shared her baking talents at work, but her abilities were first and foremost nurtured in her kitchen at home. Dianne was an excellent cook and a talented baker who always made sure that her boys favorite desserts would be ready and available for them just because she felt like treating them to another special moment and memory created especially by Mom. Dianne was also a very faith-filled Christian woman who possessed an incredible inner strength and trust in her Lord and Savior. In her free-time, Dianne enjoyed hitting the trail for a long walk, spending a little time with her 4-legged canine friends, pulling up a chair to the card table to see who was going to have the best cards that day, watching her boys play football, as well as spending Sunday afternoons with her family watching her beloved Kansas City Chiefs take the field. Above all though, Dianne's family was her world. She was a kind, caring, sincere, humble and loving wife, mother, sister and friend who always put others first and never expected anything in return. The legacy of love Dianne leaves behind will be seen in the generations yet to follow her, and we are forever grateful for the time the Lord was generous enough to share such a rare gift with us. We can all agree that 51 years with Dianne could never be considered enough, but we can also agree that 51 years with Dianne were more abundantly full of love that most people could ever experience in an entire century of their own lives. We will miss you Dianne, we love you more than words can say, and please know and accept that all of our lives are beyond blessed simply because we knew you!

Those left to cherish Dianne's memory include

her loving husband,
Douglas Fritsch, Asbury, IA;

her sons,
Dr. Jesup Fritsch, Davenport, IA,
Bryer Fritsch, Iowa City, IA
and Layton (Allison) Fritsch, Iowa City, IA;

her parents,
Leroy and Eunice Bastian, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Pam (Charlie) Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Ryan (Tracy) Bastian, Hiawatha, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Dawn (Jerry) Christensen, Naples, FL
and Lisa (Dr. Silvanus) Udoka, Greensboro, NC.

Dianne's family would like to extend a special thank you to her favorite physician, Dr. Monga, and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Engelman, and the staff at Medical Associates, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Dianne, and her family. We also want to thank Dianne's countless friends for all of their love and support along this difficult journey.