Diane Rae (Haukaas) Cahoy, 72, of Colome, South Dakota, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Yankton, SD.
Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome. Burial was in the Colome Cemetery.
Diane was born on Aug. 27, 1948, in Winner, SD, to Lowell and Dorothy (Wales) Haukaas. She grew up on the family farm south of Colome where she attended country school until the eighth grade. She attended her freshman year of high school in San Fernando, CA, while staying with her sister and family. Her sophomore year was spent at the Sunshine Bible Academy near Miller, SD. Diane then went on to attend Colome High School her junior and senior year, graduating in 1966. It was during her junior year of high school, where she met the love of her life, Larry. They were united in marriage on Jan. 28, 1966, during their senior year. After getting married and graduating high school, they lived on the Cahoy family farm along with Larry’s parents. In January of 1967, they tried to be “city people” and moved to southern California. They soon realized they were “country folk” and moved back to the farm south of Colome where they lived a majority of her life until they moved to town in 2000. While on the farm, they were blessed with six children: Thomas, Nicole, Martin, Jennifer, Daniel and Timothy.
Diane always had a big garden and spent many hours canning her produce. She would raise chickens and butcher them with the help from family. She also loved working on the farm along with Larry while she still cooked huge meals for her family and hired help along with any of the kids’ friends that would be at the house. She taught her daughters at a young age how to cook and they would spend countless hours together in the kitchen. Along with her vegetable garden, she loved planting flowers and was very fond of her roses. Diane enjoyed watching the children participate in their many activities and sporting events where she usually had her camera along and was snapping pictures of them and their teammates. She made it to as many of the grandchildren’s events as she was able and enjoyed being able to watch them online when she was unable to attend in person.
Diane fought with many health issues in the latter half of her life with the main ones being depression, fibromyalgia, and Parkinson’s. When she contracted the Covid-19 virus, her health was already compromised and she fought as hard as she was able, but the good Lord took her home where she is no longer in pain.
Those thankful for being a part of her life are her husband of 54 years, Larry; her six children and their spouses: Thomas (Terri Lee), Nicole (Randy Richey), Martin (Erin), Jennifer (Kelly Dougherty), Daniel (Janet) and Timothy (Karen); 26 grandchildren: Will, Wyatt and Westlie Cahoy, Austin (Katie), Emily and Alexis Richey, Amanda (Josh Atanasu), Kennady (Nate Schroeder),Sam, Ty and Tate Cahoy, Kirstin (Jerrel Tyburec), Dakota (Esther), Jamin, Cheyenne, and Devan Dougherty, Eric, Chelsea, Brittany (Taylor Ernster) and Dustin Pravecek, Harley, Brooklynn and Bo Cahoy; eleven great-grandchildren: Adalynn and Lena Atanasu, Hunter Kahler, Maize, Lettie, and Troian Tyburec, Tegan Dougherty, Braxton Pravecek, Tanner Smith and Haevyn Pravecek and Avery Ernster; sisters Joan (George) France of Post Falls, ID, and Carol (Dale) Jackson of Escondido, CA; brother Marlin (Marilyn) Haukaas of Colome, SD; sisters-in-law Nel McCravy of Killen, AL, Pam Haukaas of Colome and Joyce (Virgil) Hagel of Gordon, NE; brother-in-law Bill Bortels along with numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lowell and Dorothy Haukaas, in-laws Martin and Bernice Cahoy, her brothers Donnie Dean Haukaas and Gary Haukaas, sister Kay Bortels, sisters-in-law Deloris (Cahoy) Johnson Skogen and Marlene Cahoy, brothers-in-law Donald Cahoy, Les Kirsch, Don McCravy, Ray Skogen, Larry Lapour and Dick Johnson, and granddaughter Shauna Pravecek.