BUFFALO - Memorial services for Diane Marie Russenberger Custer, 48, of Buffalo, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Peterson Funeral Chapel in Buffalo, Minn. Interment will be at a later date in Cedar Lutheran Cemetery, Martin County, Minn.
Diane passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a long illness from NF2. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday at the chapel.
Diane was born Jan. 8, 1965, in Trimont, Minn., to Doris (Schmidt) and Bernie Russenberger. She attended Ormsby Elementary School, Waseca High School, and graduated from the Minnesota Academy for the Blind in Faribault, Minn. She continued her education at St. Mary's Community College and after graduation began her employment with Hennepin County Social Services. During that time, Diane met and married the love of her life, Dan Custer. Dan has been by her side every step of the way showing true love and devotion. Diane was an avid runner. She participated in the National Olympics for the Blind in St. Louis, Mo., and the International Olympics for the Blind where she came in 7th out of 52 countries.
Diane is preceded in death by her mother, Doris; sister, Susan Kotz; brother, Barry Russenberger; maternal grandparents, Helen and Alfred Schmidt; and paternal grandfather, Ben Russenberger.
Diane is survived by her husband, Dan; father, Bernie (Barb) Russenberger of Superior, Wis.; brother, Brett (Pam) Russenberger of Adel, Iowa; step-sister, Amy Greskoviak of Superior, Wis.; stepbrother, Ryan (Abbi) Greskoviak of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandmother, Ruth Russenberger of Trimont, Minn.; niece, Amber (Harry) Kotz-Villella of Lauderdale, Minn.
She is cherished by all of her extended family; mother and father-in-law, Carolyn and Dean Custer of Annandale, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kathy and Dean Dahlgren of Andover, Minn.; Rick and Laura Custer of Loretto, Minn., and their children.
The family of Diane wishes to give a special thanks to Heartland Hospice Care for all the dedicated care and compassion that was given Diane by the caregivers.