Phillip Randall Smith, 74, of Superior, Wisconsin, fell asleep peacefully one last time in his home surrounded by loved ones on May 12, 2022. He was also affectionately known as “Randy” to many friends and family. Phil’s devotion to his wife was apparent to the end, when he fulfilled his final promise to her by staying with her in their home until the day of their 32nd wedding anniversary. A “lover of life” and the life of any gathering, Phil had an infectious laugh that would fill the room with joy. He had a unique ability to make a lasting impression on people--whether it was their first, fiftieth or final meeting.
Dianne Daurell Peterson-Ostby, 83 years old, of Superior Wisconsin, passed away on April 16th of 2022 from acute respiratory failure. Dianne was born on October 20th, 1939 to Robert D Parker and Lois Parker (Pryor) in Superior Wisconsin. After Dianne graduated from high school, she remained in the Duluth-Superior area where she married George Thompson and had three children Anthony (Tony), Michael (Mike) and George (Joey). In her mid-20’s she and George divorced. Dianne remarried to Lance W Peterson and had three additional children Vance (Danny), Shaun and Terri. In her late 40’s she and Lance divorced. In her mid-50’s, she remarried a final time to John Ostby. After John’s death in 2006, she met and lived with Richard Greeley until her death. In her mid-20’s, she moved to California with Lance where she earned her certification as a lab technician. She moved back to the Twin Cities area with Lance after the birth of their first child. She moved from the Twin Cities to Texas as a relocation for her work in her early 60’s. After her retirement at the age of 65, she moved from Texas to Jacksonville Florida with John to be closer to her first son Tony. After John’s death and in her late 60’s, she moved back to Superior Wisconsin to be closer to her sister Judy and lived out her remaining days there. In total, Dianne had six natural children and countless foster children as she welcomed troubled teen girls into her home to give them a safe place and guidance from her years of experience. Dianne loved sewing and various arts and crafts and could often be found at local craft shows selling her wares. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family and shared her life experiences with any who would listen. She was very independent and self-reliant to the end. George Thompson, Lance Peterson, John Ostby, Michael Thompson and Vance Peterson predeceased Dianne. She is survived by Tony Thompson (Windy), Joey Thompson, Shaun Peterson (Meredith) and, Terri Peterson. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A small family service will be held in Superior Wisconsin in early July as per her wishes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to “MN Adopt” (Minnesota) or “wiadopt” (Wisconsin), two organizations that support work in an area Dianne felt strongly about.
Randolph W. “Randy” Axt, 72, formerly of Superior died Saturday, April 16th in White Bear Lake, MN. He was born in Superior January 28, 1950, the son of William and Alice (Claassen) Axt.
Thomas “Tom” J. Pearson, 97, of Superior, died Saturday, May 14, 2022, at New Perspective Senior Living, Superior.
Patricia (Arnes) Lenfestey passed away on April 26, 2022, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Robert D. “Bob” Miller, 72, of Superior passed away suddenly on April 7th, 2022, at this home.
The Memorial Service to remember Mike will be held on Sunday May 22nd, from 10AM to 2PM. The service begins at 11AM, with a light lunch to follow.
Clarence Mason “UNK” passed away on April 1, 2022, at the age of 92. He served proudly in the Army for 15 years and then sailed the Great Lakes until he retired. Unk was an avid hunter, fisherman, Packer and Brewer fan.