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Diane Louise Korb
July 19, 1939 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old
Diane Louise Korb, age 84 of Le Sueur, Minn., passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, January 27, 2024.
The eldest of five children of LeRoy and Louise (Ebner) Ross, Diane was born on July 19, 1939, in Wadena, Minn. The family moved to Roseau, Minn., in 1941 where Diane would graduate high school as a proud Roseau Ram in 1957.
Growing up in the hockey hotbed near the Canadian border, it quickly became her favorite sport. Diane often surprised others with her in-depth knowledge of the game that she followed so closely. She enjoyed cheering on her brothers Don and Gary who played at the high school, collegiate, Olympic, and professional levels. Diane loved following the Minnesota Wild, the University of North Dakota (UND), and the MSHSL Hockey Tournaments. Fittingly, she passed away on Hockey Day Minnesota, in which her beloved Roseau Rams competed.
Diane earned a bachelor’s degree in education at UND in 1961 and taught briefly in St. Cloud, Minn., and Grand Forks, N.D., before marrying Vern Korb on June 22, 1963, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roseau. They were blessed with two children: son Dan, born on May 7, 1964, who played high school hockey for Le Sueur, and daughter Sue, born on August 30, 1967. The couple lived in Le Sueur for over 55 years where Diane occasionally substitute taught while caring for her family.
For 25 years, she dedicated her time to the Corner Drug in downtown Le Sueur, where she was a trusted community fixture, utilizing her refined sense of style to assist customers in selecting their wedding china and source merchandise for the store. Diane enjoyed many walks with her friend Roseanne and frequent visits to Roseau for class and family reunions and the Roseau County Fair. Because Diane refused to fly, they enjoyed road trips to Branson, Mo., Seattle, Gatlinburg, Tenn., Colorado, and Texas for Korb sibling reunions. She was very active at St. Anne’s Church, the Holy Rosary Council of Catholic Women (CCW), Meals on Wheels, and the Le Sueur Food Shelf. She will be remembered for her devotion to her family and her faith.
Diane was a great conversationalist and genuinely interested in others, asking lots of questions, and listening intently. Her thoughtfulness was reflected in the many cards she would faithfully send to friends and family and in her meticulous gift wrapping. Her wry smile and quick wit will be dearly missed.
The CCW will lead a rosary at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024, followed by a visitation from 4-7 p.m. at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur also the morning of the Mass at the funeral home from 9-10:30 A.M. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Sueur. After, a luncheon will be served at St. Anne’s School in Le Sueur.
Diane is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lavern “Vern” Korb; son Dan (Deb) Korb of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; daughter Susan Korb of Le Sueur; grandchildren Ryan Korb and Anastasia Ladlie; great-granddaughter Isabella; brothers Don (Mary) Ross and Gary (Kathy) Ross, both of Roseau; brothers-in-law Arlie Braunberger of Valley City, N.D., and Carson Hedlund of Roseau. She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters Pat Braunberger and Peggy Hedlund.