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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Diane F. Kotecki

Issue Date: January 6, 2022

Diane Faye "Mitzi" (Rost) Kotecki, Lovingly joined our Lord peacefully with her family by her side on Wed. Dec. 29th.

Diane was born on June 22, 1938 to Donald Rost and Sylvinia (Stank) in Pound, WI and tragically lost her mother at a very early age. She was raised by Michael and Helen Piasecki for the duration of her childhood in Crivitz, WI and attended Crivitz school until graduation. Diane married the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, Donald J. Kotecki, on October 27th, 1956 and recently celebrated their 65 years of marriage.

Unquestionably, her family was top priority in her life. She raised four amazing daughters and two extra amazing sons who all, undoubtedly, fostered every beautiful grey hair on her head. She was everything anyone could hope for in a mother. Always loving, always listening, never a judgement, never a curse from her lips.

She could command an army of grandchildren at a moment's notice with a simple promise of a bowl of homemade soup. She co-founded and ran a glass company with her husband, Donald, for 35 years like a true business leader, yet always carried a tissue in her sleeve to wipe away some unfortunate tears.

A modest artist of many mediums. An exceptionally talented musician with a mastery of many instruments. She was a gardener who could grow the most beautiful, bountiful gardens and also a chef that could feed an army any time they stopped in. She possessed a heart that opened her warm home up for many exchange students, foster children, strays, and any family members that needed a loving shoulder to cry on.

She had a mind and wit that was sharp as a tack yet always encouraged you to be yourself. A model of unconditional love that never failed to take your breath away. You never left her home with an empty heart or an empty stomach.

As a lifelong, devout member of St. Mary's Church and volunteer for St. Vincent DePaul, she shared even more of her precious days by giving to the less fortunate. She shared everything she had and never asked for a thing in return.

She was a Lady. In the truest sense. She lived with a special dignity and respect for life that flowed from her as consistently as a river into everyone's hearts. She even let it be known the precise day of her final peaceful farewell so her friends and family could come together and help each other during her final journey to God.

Survived by her husband, Donald J. Kotecki. As well as her six children, Susan, Shari, Faye, Becky, Jay and Jon. She was also an amazing grandmother to sixteen grandchildren, and seven great; grandmother to children who all adore her deeply, and a friend like no other.

Diane was preceded in death by the early passing of her first son, Anthony.

Her beloved birds will forever sing her song as well as anyone who has ever heard Diane sing.

The family greeted relatives and friends at the Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Crivitz on Monday, January 3rd from 9-11AM. The Funeral Mass was at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Crivitz at 11AM. Diane will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Crivitz.


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