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Dianne Kathleen O'Leske

March 15, 2013

Dianne Kathleen O'Leske

This is what the Lord says; "stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls"

Jeremiah 6:16

Dianne Kathleen O'Leske ("Profe") has died March/5/2013 from cancer. She was born to Norbert John O'Leske and Kathleen O'Leske (Flynn) in Waukesha, Wisconsin, July 21, 1952. She attended a 2-room grade school (Plainview), Merton Middle School and graduated from Arrowhead High School. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an interdisciplinary degree in Spanish and Cultural Anthropology.

She worked her way through college as a Lifeguard at Pewaukee Beach, after graduation she became an Archeologist for Great Lakes Archeological Research Center in Milwaukee, she worked as an Electrical/Natural Gas Reader for Wisconsin Electric (We energies) in Waukesha County, and was a High School Spanish Teacher in Florence, Wisconsin.

Her interests were varied. She was a life-long, avid reader and academic. She especially enjoyed studies about the environment, Pan-American prehistory and history; and the European Middle Ages. When younger, she was a whitewater canoeist, had a Private Pilot's license (single engine land). Later she She had a Master Gardener's Certificate, Teaching Certificate, enjoyed landscape painting and quilting. She volunteered thousands of hours, including archeological work for the USDA Forest Service and the State Historical Society. She also volunteered hours to Florence County, WI, to the schools (Aurora and Florence), county lakeshore restoration projects and set up the Florence Conservation Department.

She was kind, thoughtful and had a good sense of humor. She made everyone smile and she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her own children, Zach Polaske (Laura) Poplar, WI, Anne Polaske, Negaunee, MI and Tom Polaske, Florence, WI.; her parents, Norb and Katie O'Leske, Lake Keesus; one Aunt, Mickey Landwehr, (Delafield); one sister, Beth Rounds (Bill), Appleton; two brothers, John O'Leske (Cindy Capra), Hartland, and Dave O'Leske, Fox Lake. She is also survived by nephews, Jake O'Leske, Sam O'Leske, Adam O'Leske, and Mason Polaske, and niece, Isabella Polaske; and one grandchild Vivian Polaske. She also leaves behind beloved friends, teachers, co-workers and students.

She was preceded in death by her children's father and her husband of 25 years, Matthew John Polaske (died Sept. 18, 2010).

A special thank you for all her excellent caregivers; especially the Doctors and their staffs; Dr. Gustavo Morel, Iron Mountain, Dr. Edith A. Krueger, Appleton, Dr. Thomas Wascher, Appleton, and Froedtert Hospital Milwaukee.

Visitation was at Immaculate Conception - St. Mary's Catholic Community, 308 Florence Ave., Florence, WI on Friday, March 8 between 11:00 and 12:00, with Fr. Matt Settle officiating. Interment was presided over by Father Klemme at St. Clare's Catholic Cemetery, located on the north side of highway VV, just east of the North Lake Village, about ½ mile east of highway 83.

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