Jean Diederick, 93, Wahpeton, ND passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Catherine's Living Center, Wahpeton. A memorial service will be on Friday May 5, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Evergreen United Methodist Church, Wahpeton, ND with Pastor Jen Tyler officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 PM to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Wahpeton. Arrangements are entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.
Jean was born on April 21, 1923 in Worthington, MN to Leil and Nellie (Lyon) Kinsman. The family followed her father's profession and moved from Fargo, ND to Sioux Falls, SD and Jean graduated in St. Louis Park, MN. She went on to attend one year of Business College and began working for Dayton's in Downtown Minneapolis, MN as a clerk. On a trip to Wahpeton, ND with a roommate she met the roommate's cousin, Harold "Heb" Diederick at a NDSSS basketball game.
Heb and Jean were united in marriage on September 13, 1947 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Wahpeton where they raised their three sons. Jean worked for a few professionals in town until she started with the Richland County Tax Equalization office. Jean retired in 1988 and they moved to Otter Tail Lake, MN. They very much enjoyed their time at the lake and made many friends there. In 2012, they decided to move back to Wahpeton to be closer to family where they lived at Fourth Avenue Manor.
Jean was a member of Evergreen United Methodist Church, the Rebekah Lodge, and the Wahpeton American Legion Auxiliary. Jean was a very active bowler and went to many national tournaments and is a member of the Wahpeton Bowler's Hall of Fame. She liked to garden and also liked going to the 8 AM Coffee Group at McDonalds. Jean and Heb were just recently the NDSCS Wildcat Boosters of the year.
Jean is survived by her husband of 69 years, Harold "Heb" Diederick, Wahpeton, ND; her sons, David (Brenda) Diederick, Seattle, WA, Steven (Barb) Diederick, Wahpeton, ND, James (Janet) Diederick, Florence, AZ; her grandchildren, Amy (Loren) Hanson, Mapleton, ND, Jennifer (Derek Gearman) Diederick, Minneapolis, MN, Andrew (Hollie) Diederick, Auburn, WA, Benjamin (Amanda) Diederick, Deep Haven, MN, Matthew (Marti) Diederick, Davenport, IA, Ben (Kris) Malinovitz, Seattle, WA; her great-grandchildren, William, Ryley, Parker, Cyrus, Eloise, and Ruby.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leil and Nellie Kinsman, her brothers, Robert Kinsman, and her twin, Jack Kinsman, and her sisters, Virginia O'Keefe and Elizabeth Kinsman.
Jean's Memorial Folder