ONTARIO, Wis. – Diana L. Ryburn, 66, of Ontario, Wis., passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at her daughter's residence in Oregon, Wis.
Born Jan. 21, 1947, in Hillsboro, Wis., the daughter of Max and Helen (Hutchens) Downing, Diana attended and graduated from Hinkley High School in Illinois in 1965.
She worked for the phone company and First National Bank for a number of years. Diana went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in the late '80s and retired as a rural carrier in 2010.
She enjoyed watching the Packers, playing cards, sweets, and was an avid gardener (some may even consider her obsessed!). She always had a smile, even throughout her illness. Diana mostly enjoyed being with her family and grandson.
Diana will be remembered for her easy smile, infectious laughter, sassy sense of humor, tasty Green Bay Packers potluck contributions, but mostly her undying devotion to her children and her "Little Guy."
She is survived by her children, David Kenneth Ryburn of Oregon and Julie Ann (Justin) Germaine of Oregon; grandson, Tristan Germaine; siblings, Vicki (Rusty) Baie of Waterman, Connie Elting of Hampshire and Sandra Hutchens of Viroqua, Wis.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ron Downing; and brother-in-law, Bernie Elting.
A celebration of Diana's Life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Torkelson Funeral Home, 720 Madison St., Ontario. A gathering will follow at River's End Bar & Grill in Ontario. Private family burial will be at a later date.
Memorials can be made to
, 8317 Elderberry Road, Madison, WI 53717.
Online condolences can be made at www.gundersonfh.com.