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Diane C. Hietala

Diane C. Hietala

Diane C. Hietala, 83, South Range, WI resident, died Thursday, December 7, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospice in Duluth, MN. She was born on August 23, 1934 in Superior, WI to Ariel and Josette (Durfee) McCauley.

Diane married William Hietala on November 15, 1952 and they celebrated forty years of marriage before his passing in May of 1993.

She worked at Minnesuing Acres for many years. She was a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and a descendant of Chief Osaugee. Diane enjoyed her "Stitch and Bitch" Knitting Club and was known in the neighborhood as the bear lady. She also loved feeding wild animals.

Diane is survived by three daughters, Diane "Punky" Hietala, South Range, WI, Desiree "Desi" (Rick) Horn, Gordon, WI and Jacqueline "Jacki" Hietala, South Range, WI; one son, Wayde (Leslie) Hietala, Superior, WI; one granddaughter, Billie Jo (Mark) Gorsuch and their children, Logan and Taylor; two step-grandchildren, Vanessa and Jessica (Evan); five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Ryan, Gavin, Sophia and Trent; three sisters, Josette Dietmeier, St. Croix Falls, Judy Erickson, Iron River, WI and Sarah O'Neill, Superior, WI; three brothers, David (Sharon) McCauley, Huntsville, TX, Robert (Ruth) McCauley, Duluth, MN and Steven (Jean) McCauley, South Range, WI.

She is preceded in death by her husband, four sons Gary, Jon, Ariel and Brian and her parents.

Visitation will begin at 12:30 PM, Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Central Assembly of God, 3000 Hammond Avenue, Superior, and will continue until the 1:30 PM memorial service.

The Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, 1209 E. 5th Street, Superior is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook, please visit