Diane M. Anderson
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Diane (Erickson) Anderson, 48 of Sturgeon Bay, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on July 12, 2013, after gracefully fighting kidney cancer.
Diane was born on December 29, 1964, and was raised in Omaha Nebraska. She was a graduate of the University Of Nebraska at Omaha and had recently begun earning her Master's Degree in social work from the University Of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
She is survived by her beloved sons, Michael R. Anderson and Erick J. Anderson and their father Michael G. Anderson, all of Sturgeon Bay, as well as her loving parents, Bob and Mary Lou Erickson. In addition, she is also survived by her siblings, Mary (Mitz) Erickson (Milwaukee), Trudy Erickson-Meister (Chicago), Lynn Erickson-Hastert (Minneapolis), Tom Erickson, Michael Erickson and Kerstin Erickson (Omaha); her nieces, Lisa Meister and Ruby Erickson and nephews, Michael L. Erickson, Jack Meister and Jacob Erickson.
Many people would recognize Diane as the woman they saw constantly running and biking throughout Sturgeon Bay and the surrounding areas. She loved the beauty of Door County and enjoyed being outdoors as much as possible. She was an avid runner and competed in numerous local and regional races. She was immensely proud of her work with both the Door County Charter School and Sturgeon Bay High School Alternative Program as well as her volunteer work with PATH and HELP of Door County. She cared very deeply for all of her students, clients and coworkers at these organizations and strived to impact all of their lives in a positive manner through her actions. She thoroughly enjoyed her years of coaching the Sturgeon Bay High School cross country team and numerous summer soccer teams and remained in close contact with her former students and team members to the end. Above all, Diane was a loving mother and was a familiar sight and frequent volunteer at the various sporting events, concerts and D.I. competitions that her boys participated in.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Diane and her family would like to thank all of her friends and relatives for the incredible amount of love and support that they supplied during her illness. We would also like to thank the following organizations for their invaluable assistance and care and request that donations be made to them in lieu of flowers: Unity Hospice, Door CANcer Inc., Green Bay Oncology, and Neighbor to Neighbor Organization.
Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations - Sturgeon Bay
319 West Spruce Street Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Published in Door County Advocate on July 17, 2013