June 10, 1945 ~ March 29, 2016
Diane Rogne, 70, of Fargo, ND passed away surrounded by family on March 29, 2016 under the care of Hospice after a courageous, nearly 2 year battle with ovarian cancer. Diane was born on June 10, 1945 in Moorhead, MN, to Edward and Hulda (Brandt) Fitzgerald. Diane grew up in Sabin, MN along with her six siblings. She attended grade school in Sabin, and graduated high school from Moorhead High in 1963. In 1965 Diane married her lifelong love, John Rogne, and they moved to Fargo where they lived until Diane’s passing. Diane worked for Bell Telephone Company until she took on her most important role as a mom. She dedicated her life to being the most amazing mom and was actively involved in every aspect of her kid’s lives. Her children couldn’t wait to get home from school, yell “Mom I’m home”, and find out what was cooking. Once the kids were in high school Diane worked for the US Census Bureau part time for the next 25 years. She earned many awards, one of which included a trip for her and John to Washington, DC to accept the Census Award of Excellence. Retirement for Diane lasted 6 months – she never could sit still. Diane volunteered at the Sanford Hospital Gift Shop where she continued to “work” until she was no longer able. She was a Board Member for the Sanford Medical Center Partners. This was a job she thoroughly enjoyed and loved the people she worked with and the incredible friends she made. Sales were always better the days mom worked - her love of shopping may have helped. Diane and John spent 46 wonderful summers on West McDonald Lake making it the place to be. Their children and grandchildren have grown up at the lake and there is nowhere they would rather be on weekends. Mom was always up for a game of bean bags or double solitaire. Instead of heading south for the winter, mom and dad spent hours at the rink watching their grandkids play hockey. Winters also meant bowling season – Mom bowled for 40 plus years at The Bowler on the same team. It was a sport she passed on to her kids, grandkids and niece (Lori). Mom knew everyone’s favorite foods and was sure to make something for everyone – she was the most amazing cook. The grandkids would say it was because she cooked with love. Another favorite pastime for Diane was the slot machines. If you couldn’t find Mom and Dad, you knew they went south (Hankinson). Mom touched so many people’s lives and will be dearly missed. Diane is survived by her husband of 50 years, John Rogne, Fargo, ND; daughters: Shelly (Brian) Stalpes, Fargo, ND; Lisa McCarthy, Moorhead, MN; son: Jeff (Kelly) Rogne, Fargo, ND; six grandchildren: Jared Stalpes, Ryan Stalpes, Cole McCarthy, Jacob McCarthy, Riley McCarthy and Dylan Rogne. Diane is also survived by three siblings: Ronnie (Lucy) Fitzgerald, Moorhead, MN; Janet (Doug) Marquart, Moorhead, MN and Pat (Lloyd) Wilke, Bismarck, ND and numerous nieces and nephews. Diane was preceded in death by her parents, sisters: Janice Kittilstved and Kathryn Kennedy and brother: Gene Fitzgerald. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Tuesday, April 5, 2016 followed by a prayer service at 7 PM at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND. Visitation will continue from 1-2 PM, followed by the funeral at 2 PM, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo, ND. Memorials preferred to Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center or Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time as you mourn the loss of Diane and also celebrate your memories of her. May the closeness and support system of family and friends help you though days ahead. Will always think of the Rogne crew at West MacDonald sitting in the garage reflecting on “Turtle Pond”.
To John and family of Diane’s we send our love and sympathy. The lovely words in your obituary notice are so Diane. She touched everyone’s lives she was in contact with and always looked so spiffy and fashion conscious.
A great friend and employee who obviously took good care of her family and children. She will be greatly missed. I marveled at how she dealt with her cancer diagnosis and trudged on and gave it her all. A model of bravery and determination. Sanford Partners and Gift shop will have a huge void but we are fortunate to have had good times together. Our best to all of you and sorry we will not be home to attend her funeral. We will be in Spirit. Rest in Peace Diane
So sorry for your loss of your Mom. Whenever I saw her at the rink, bowling or at the gift shop she always had a smile on her face. When Jack was in the hospital I would go for walks and ended up in the gift shop often. Your Mom always had a hug for me and comforted me that prayers were being said. I assured her that I was praying for her as well. Heaven gained a wonderful Mom, Grandmother and angel. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
So sorry to hear about your mom, wife, grandmother. She was a great person, She will be sadly missed hear in the Vergas area. Prayers to everyone.
Rest in peace, Diane! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was such a wonderful friend and neighbor. We will miss her so much — what a fantastic lady she was!
Dear Rogne family: my sincere sympathy in your loss of Diane, wife, mother, grandmother! Words cannot ease your pain and loss, but I pray that you will find comfort and peace in the Love of Christ and each other, family and friends! God bless all the sweet memories of her!
Joan Hendrickson, neighbor and friend
So sorry for the loss of a high school classmate/friend, co-Moorhead High Class Reunion committee member, and lover of oldies but goodies.
I knew Diane from her coming into S.U.Hospital to volunteer… She was such a delightful lady!!!
John, Enjoyed visiting with you both at the Infusion Center. It was a privilege caring for Diane. Wishing you & your family comforting memories.