Diane L. Onstad
MADISON-Diane L Onstad, age 56, a native of Madison, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Meriter Hospital with her loving family by her side.
She was born on Aug. 10, 1960, at St. Mary’s hospital in Madison, the older of two children born to James and Phyllis (O’Conner) Beckman.
Diane graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in 1979. As a young wife and mother, raising three children, Diane went on to provide in-home child care for many years. She also worked at her family’s business over the years, Beckman Net Company.
Diane’s own childhood took place at her family home on the west side of Madison. There are many fond family memories, including those of fun summers spent at her grandparent’s cabin in northern Minnesota, and swimming at the lakes and pools around Madison. This carried over into her adult life, she loved nothing better than to take her own grandchildren to fun places in the Madison area. Diane will be remembered for her strong devotion to her family and her faith. She selflessly gave of herself as her mother had been progressing into dementia, she was there every day to give care and support to both her father and her mother.
Diane will be missed by all who knew her. She could bring humor to every situation, no matter how hard it was. Her infamous saying “I don’t know what’s going on!” followed a lot of her conversations. We will remember that and a lot of other humorous moments from her life. We take comfort in knowing that she fell asleep in death, unaware that it was happening. As her son Shaun said, she would have been heartbroken if she knew she was going to pass away and wouldn’t be here to care for her loved ones. It was always about others, not herself. She will be deeply missed.
Diane is survived by her parents; sister, Linda (Mark) Webster; children, Shaun (Caitlin) Mulligan, Anthony Onstad and Nicole Onstad; grandchildren, Tavian Smith (age 15), Isaiah Dean (age 10), Roman Dean (age 4 months), Ellie Mulligan (age 10) and Riley and Kayleigh Mulligan (twins-age 9); former husband, Reid Onstad; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, 542 Pleasant View Rd., Middleton, at 2 p.m. on Saturday May 6, 2017. Please join the family for a meal immediately following the service at the FITCHBURG COMMUNITY CENTER (Upper Room), 5510 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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