HAWARDEN—Diana Rose Oldenkamp, 83, Hawarden, died Saturday, June 5, 2021, at her home. She lived a life of service and faith and is now at peace singing with God’s heavenly choir.
The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Peace Lutheran Church of rural Sioux Center, with the Rev. William Loefke officiating.
Visitation with family present will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.
Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.
Diana Rose Oldenkamp was born June 12, 1937, on the Rehder family farm in rural Hawarden to Albert and Frieda (Lange) Rehder. She began her education at rural school Garfield #8 followed by Hawarden High School where she participated in music, debate, librarians club and FHA graduating in 1955. She then attended Augustana College receiving a two-year teaching certificate in 1957 and taught third grade in Hawarden for two years.
She met her husband Robert (Bob) Oldenkamp of Rock Valley during high school at Peace Lutheran Church rural Sioux Center where they were married June 14, 1957. They lived on their farm northeast of Hawarden where they farmed for 45 years and raised their three children, Joel, Rose Marie and Melinda. Later, Diana also worked eight years as a computer chip processor at Coilcraft, Inc. in Hawarden.
She was active in serving her community as a member and president of the Hawarden Hospital Auxiliary Board and the Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society. She also served at Peace Lutheran Church as a Sunday School teacher for 30 years as well as the Women’s Group. An avid sewer, Diana enjoyed making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She also loved reading, baking, and gardening.
Diana’s faith reflected in all she did, giving selflessly to her husband, children, grandchildren and all she knew.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; three children, Joel (Georgenea) Oldenkamp of Spencer, Rose Marie (Roger) Sager of Munith, MI, and Melinda (Joe) Voelcker of Gurnee, IL; brother, Orville Rehder of Hawarden; sister, Rima (Ron) Hartman of Sioux City, IA; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Rehder and Shirley Rehder, both of Hawarden; six grandchildren, Jay and Jeremie Oldenkamp, Montana (Fadora Gatt) and Lily Sager, and Mackenzie and Sophia Voelcker; a great-granddaughter, Harmony Sager; and nieces and nephews.
Diana was preceded in death by her parents; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Pansy Oldenkamp; two brothers, Merlyn and George Rehder; two sisters-in-law, Mary Rehder and Carol Rehder; and son-in-law, Stephen Ames.
Memorial donations will be directed to the Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund.