Diane D. LaBarge of Lake Holcombe passed peacefully at home under the care of her loving family and Mayo Home Hospice on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. At her request there will be no public services.
Diane was born Dec. 4, 1947, to Donald and Florence Smart of Colby. She attended Colby schools, graduating from Colby High School in 1966. She then attended Stout State University in Menomonie majoring in home economics. Just over fifty years ago on July 12, 1969, she married Tom LaBarge of Loyal, who survives. Diane was a stay at home mom who became best friends of her two daughters and loved every minute of it. She had a deep specific passion for each grandchild with an intense interest in their projects and studies. She loved the adventure of foreign travel that included South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Australia, Tasmania, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Egypt, Greece, Siberia, Israel and most of Europe. Diane and her Russian Blue cat, Smokey, were inseparable.
She is survived by her husband, Tom; daughters: Tina (Steve) Dietzman and Shelby (Jason) Billeb; and grandchildren: Hanna Dietzman, Caleb Dietzman, Ashton Billeb, Max Dietzman, Ren Billeb and Lawton Billeb.
Diane was preceded in death by her father; her mother; and her only brother, Donald.
Online condolences may be made at chippewavalleycremation.com.