Diane Ruth Winters Lommel (1940 - 2017)

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Long time Alaskan Diane Ruth Winters Lommel, 77, died on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, following a brief illness. Diane died peacefully, in the company of loved ones, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
She is survived by her cherished husband of 44 years, Danny Darwin Lommel; her children, Arle Richard, Anna Ruth, Alexander Jacob, David Kimball and Bronwyn Winters; 16 grandchildren; brothers, Charles Winters of Arizona and Kim Winters of Utah; aunt, Harriet Matic of Utah; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Winters; and by her sister, Seidi Winters.
Born in Murray, Utah, on April 27, 1940, to Ruth Ingaborg Kim and Henry Savoy Winters, Diane was the second of five children. Sleeping outdoors to escape summer heat as a child, she would strain her eyes toward the stars, hoping to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. At age 19, she traveled to Alaska and found herself fully at home.
Diane was a woman of vivacity, warmth and wit. Known in her youth for her adventurous spirit and infectious enthusiasm, she had a deep love of life and an abiding reverence for the myriad works of nature. All who knew Diane stood in awe of her many talents, and benefited from the creativity she so happily and generously shared.
A keen intellect, with a voracious appetite for knowledge, Diane touched many with her insights. She was loving, opinionated and stubborn. She had sisu in abundance, a gift of her treasured Finnish heritage. As a wife, mother and friend, she was fiercely loyal. Her memory will be held for a blessing in the lives of all those who knew her.
Diane anticipated an afterlife full of color more vibrant than could be perceived by mortal eyes, where she hoped to be greeted by the many loved ones who went before her, and by a pure-hearted bulldog called King.
Born into the , Diane died firm in her faith. A memorial service was held on Oct. 9, 2017.
Final arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 29, 2017
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