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Diane Irlbeck

Diane Irlbeck, age 77, of Wanda, MN, died on December 4, 2020, at Baywood Banner Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

Due to COVID-19, services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton, MN. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Diane Ada Beranek was born on April 13, 1943 to Clement and Dorothy (Rohlik) Beranek at the Redwood Hospital in Redwood Falls, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mathias Church in Wanda where she was a member her entire life. She also attended school through 8th grade in Wanda and then went to Wabasso Public where she graduated. After high school, Diane lived in Hutchinson for a few years before moving home and marrying the love her life Eugene Irlbeck on June 26, 1965. They lived near Vesta for 2 years. The family bought a farm and moved to Wanda where they lived for many years.  Diane worked at 3M Manufacturing in Hutchinson, then after many years of raising her family, she went to work for BVI Building Center, Groundswell Inc of MN, and Paul Christensen Trucking. Diane loved her time at Lake Villard with family and friends. She enjoyed fishing, eating, reading books, card games, and playing Carbels. While Diane loved her lake time, she was not a fan of Minnesota winters, so her and Gene would spend winters in Mesa, AZ where she enjoyed playing bingo as much as she enjoyed the sunshine. Diane will always be remembered the most for her strong faith, gentle demeanor, and for her open arms. She would feed you, clothe you, and make sure you felt loved. Then she would hug you before you left, not just any hug, but a hug that you could hold onto until you could see her again.

She is survived by her husband Eugene Irlbeck; children Scot (Sandy) Irlbeck, Shelly (Stefan) Kunz, Troy (Shelly) Irlbeck, Dawn Determan, Craig (Vicki) Irlbeck, Lynn Maasch (Brian Pfarr), Jon (Kersten) Irlbeck; siblings – Cletus (Barb) Beranek, Galen (Chris) Beranek, Sandra (Ed) Ladwig, Dona (John) Anderson, Mavis (Eric) Paluck; 19 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Diane was preceded in death by her parents – Clement and Dorothy Beranek, sister Carol Vogt, and daughter-in-law Connie Irlbeck.

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