Diane Gruner

DIANE M. KLOTZ GRUNER, 53 WONDERFUL WIFE, MOM, GRANDMOTHER, DAUGHTER, SISTER, FRIEND ROCKFORD - Diane M. Klotz Gruner, 53, of Rockford, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center after a long illness. Born May 23, 1959, in Milwaukee, daughter of Peter R. Klotz and Stella Klotz Stutsman. Graduated from Jefferson High School in 1978. Married Mark D. Gruner, her love and soul mate, on Oct. 26, 1979, at the Church by the Side of the Road. Employed by Warner-Lambert more than 15 years. Member of St. Edward Catholic Church. Diane was a very social woman who thrived on being with people and was always there to help others. She was an avid bingo player and loved the Rubik Steel Band. Survivors include husband, Mark (!); son, Andrew (Natasha) Gruner; daughter, Michelle (Chester) Gruner-Neace; grandchildren, Maiea and Matthais; mother, Stella Stutsman; brother, Michael Klotz; sisters, Kathleen (Vern) Larson and Suzanne (Glen) Muench; mother-in-law, Jeannie Gruner; stepmother, Donna Klotz; aunts, Mary (Jim) Ebner and Catherine (Jim) Palmeri; stepsisters, Amy and Tami; special nieces and nephews; Ashley Franklin and her family; and many, many special friends including Darlene (Doug) Trefftzs. She was a special grandmother to Amaria, Isabella, Anthony and Anna, and a special mother to Phil Raatz and Natasha Labeau as well as being a foster mother to many people. She continued to give to people in death as she became a donor to help others. Diane's family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Mark Zarnke and staff and Dr. Jon Monkemeyer and staff and the OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center staff for extending Diane's life, and the loving and compassionate care that was given to her. Predeceased by father, Peter Klotz; stepfather, William Stutsman; grandparents; father-in-law, Ray Gruner; and sister-in-law, Mary Klotz. A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the funeral home with a Christian wake service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation also from 9 a.m. to service time Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Express condolences and share memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

Funeral Home

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory - Rockford
1860 S. Mulford  Rockford, IL 61108

Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2012