Dorothy Diehn



Dorothy Diehn, 86, of Big Bend, was lifted to heaven on angels wings Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. She was reunited with her loving husband of 57 years, Joseph, who shared her love of travel.


She was the beloved mother of Joanette (Don) Mazar, Ken (Carol), Ron (Pat), Chuck (Nancy), Jim (Penny) and Amy (Keith) Tomaszewski; special mother-in-law to Angie Diehn; second mom to Happy Bartes; and adopted grandma to many. She was the proud grandma of Matt, Dave (Carla), Melissa (Jesse), Joseph (Christina), Daniel, Liz, Dominic, Jennifer, Brandon, Ken, Pete (Jen), Bob, Tom, Kara (Zach) and the late Simon, and great-grandma of Domingo, Camille, Scarlet, the late Ellie, Brynn and a future great-grandson. She was the dear sister of Marion (Roger) Woelfel and the late Katherine Miller and dear sister-in-law of Gerri Diehn and Lucille Kozak. She is further survived by other relatives and dear friends.


Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress who used her skills to clothe her young children and grandchildren. Her love of sewing was shared with many, including 4-H members. She made many wedding dresses, uniform jackets for the fire department, costumes for the show choir and musicals at Mukwonago High School and everything in between. “I could swear I didn’t leave that pin in there ... this time!” She was an avid crossword puzzle player, book reader, number cruncher, crafter, wedding candle maker, cake baker and Christmas cookie maker. She was computer self-taught and kept in touch with many family and friends via email. Dorothy was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and a former dispatcher for the Big Bend-Vernon Volunteer Fire Department.


Dorothy was an active member of St. Joseph’s Faith Community, including running a very popular game at the annual church Fun Fest, and was founder and ring leader of the parish funeral lunch program.


Services were held Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, S89-W22650 Milwaukee Ave., Big Bend. Interment was at Rural Home Cemetery.


The family wishes to thank Dr. LeMarbe, Waukesha Memorial Hospital ICU and the Life Care Hospital staffs.


In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph Church, Penfield Children’s Center or the Big Bend Fire Department are appreciated.


Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.



“Now dad can have his pinwheel cookies again!”