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1939 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Diane Caryl Zuehlke passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Thursday, October 3, 2013. She is survived by her husband David of 52 years, a brother David Petersen, and three sons; Dr. Peter Zuehlke (Jenny), Michael (Debbie) and Jeffrey. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Andrew, Kelly and Rachel, and was like a grandmother to George, Peter, Sarah, and Carolyn Monteagudo. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday October 19th, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 200 N. Main Street (Rte. 83), in Mount Prospect, Illinois. A luncheon will follow in the Parish Hall after the service. Diane was born January 31, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Gertrude and Edwin Petersen. She grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan where she and her future husband were high school sweethearts. Diane and Dave graduated from Michigan State University and were married in 1961. They have been residents of Mount Prospect since 1971. Diane always loved interacting with people, particular young children. She started out as an elementary school teacher, and throughout her life, was a teacher to those around her. In the 1980's she tutored a number of Japanese children in English, helped their mothers adjust to American life, and subsequently developed many friendships with members of the Japanese and Japanese American communities. More recently she was a Clearbrook volunteer, working with young children with special needs. She helped to develop the 'Take a Break' program which provides supervised group play time for special needs children and their siblings. She personally went around the neighborhood recruiting young people to be the first group of volunteer workers. This program has since grown to four different locations, and has provided an opportunity for young people to do service work, and develop a lifetime perspective about providing service to others. Diane was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Over the years she served as Sunday School Superintendent, Vestry member, Senior Warden, and member of the Altar Guild. She dearly loved her church and its members. She was frequently referred to as the church grandmother. Diane was first confronted with breast cancer thirty years ago. After many years in remission it reappeared. She did not let her long battle with breast cancer get her down, but rather shared her experiences and her positive outlook with others faced with similar challenges. She became an early member of the Northwest Community Hospital's Breast Program Advisory Council, participated in developing their marketing campaign and suggested the 'same day results' feature of the services now provided by the Breast Center. She will be missed. She made a difference in all the lives she touched. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, or Clearbrook, 1835 West Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-2410.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2013
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