Diane Ruth Bertelsen, 70, passed away Aug. 21, 2014 at her home in Bozeman due to complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which was diagnosed in 2008.
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Diane was born July 31, 1944, in Breckenridge, Minn., the youngest of the five children of Marion (Whitehead) and Holger Bertelsen. She was raised on the family farm in Fairmount, N.D. and graduated from Fairmount Public School in 1962. Diane studied to become a radiologic technologist (x-ray tech) at Foothill Junior College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. and Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. She was registered in nuclear medicine and ultrasound imaging, as well as radiography, working at hospitals in Minneapolis, San Pedro, Calif., Huntington Beach, Calif., and Dakota Clinic in Fargo, N.D.
In 1982, Diane graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with a major in economics and a minor in mathematics. She attended graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., earning a master's degree in agricultural economics in 1985. Diane worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Economic Research Service for nine years in Washington, D.C. and for the Risk Management Agency regional office in Sacramento and Davis, Calif. for six years. After retiring from the USDA in 2001, Diane moved to Bozeman and worked for a crop insurance consulting company based in College Station, Texas.
Diane was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles (Chuck) Bertelsen, Fairmount, N.D.; her brother, Karl, and sister-in-law, Carolyn Bertelsen, Ojai, Calif.; and her sister, Mary Lou Meyer, Fairmount, N.D.
Surviving family members include her brother, Daryl Bertelsen, Big Timber, Mont., his wife, Penny Ogle of Bozeman, and his children: Troy (Lei-Ana) Bertelsen, Bozeman, David (Vicki) Bertelsen, Great Falls, Colene (Al) Domenech, Camas, Wash., and Karin Bertelsen, Milwaukie, Ore.; sister-in-law, Jeanne Bertelsen, Long Lake, Minn., and her children: Brent and Lora; brother-in-law, Tony Meyer of Fairmount, N.D., and his sons: Scott (Sandy) Meyer, Fairmount, Neil (Patty) Meyer, Frisco, Texas, and Brad Meyer of Belgrade, Mont.; and Rita and Harvey DeMars, Helena, Mont. Diane is also survived by the sons of her brother, Karl, and sister-in-law, Carolyn: Tom (Denise) Bertelsen, Tallahassee, Fla., Jon (Brandi) Bertelsen, Bozeman, and Peter Bertelsen, Monterey, Calif.
During her years in Bozeman, Diane's favorite activities were attending the local school events, athletic contests, and performances in which her grand-nephews and -nieces participated. She was blessed to be able to spend time with Jon and Brandi's children: Justin, Kyle, Douglas, and Michael Bertelsen, and Candice and Alyssa Berdahl; and, Troy and Lei-Ana's children: Malia, Cedar, and Mozelle.
Diane was a grateful member of the Bozeman United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She also enjoyed volunteering with local organizations, which included the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Love, INC's Clothes Closet, Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity, and the Adult Learning Center. Memorial gifts may be made to any of those organizations.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at Bozeman United Methodist Church. Cremation has taken place and interment will be at Fairmount, N.D.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2014