Diane E. DuKatz|
Diane E. DuKatz, of West Bend, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. She was
born in West Allis to the late Howard and Ellen (nee Daley) Bradshaw.
Diane was employed by the West Bend School District for 14 years as an
instructional aide. She then spent 17 years employed by the city of West Bend as
the Coordinator of Community Cable Television. Diane was also involved in many
civic organizations, which include West Bend Softball Association where she was
the VP; kids summer coach for nine years; Youth Softball Tournament Director;
Teen Center director; Mayor’s Teen Center Task Force; West Bend Teen Factory
Treasurer; and the West Bend Centennial visual chairperson. Diane was also
involved in the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Washington Public Relations
Marketing Plan, Washington County Volunteers for Youth, West Bend School
District Marketing Communication Committee, Strategy 10 Action Planning
Committee and the Technology Committee. Diane was the coordinator and Supervisor
for Project Seek (Safe, Educated, Enriched, Kids).
Prior to being hired, Diane was a volunteer for Community Cable for four years.
She spent two years developing the history of West Bend video from the beginning
through 1985. Diane worked very hard on the bi-directional 6-strands of dark
fiber for the city, University of Wisconsin-Washington County and Moraine Park
Technical College network and the distance teaching equipment for the city’s
Diane was a past presenter of Wisconsin Association of Public Education
Government channels. She was a professional member of Alliance for Media
National Organization and the Wisconsin Association of PEG Channels. Diane
received numerous awards over the years, some of which included The Vicky and
Doc Gonring Award, Kettle Moraine Chapter 448; Honor Citation of Commendation
from Washington County Overall Economic Development program; and the Wisconsin
School Public Relations Spectrum Award.
Diane is survived by her children, Eugene (Betsy) of New Berlin, Debbie Kutz
(Bob Bozora) of Kewaskum, Denise (Tim) Grudzielanek of Prosper, Texas and Tracy
(Rick) Schultz of West Bend; grandchildren, Sam, Grace, Lucy and Cooper DuKatz,
Trenton Kutz, Brandon and Kayla Grudzielanek, Matthew, Christopher and Steffanie
Pohl; and great-grandchildren, Everlett and Xander Kutz, Tayler Wasilewski and
Mattea Pohl. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Paul DuKatz;
grandson, Troy Grudzielanek and special friend, Tony Miller.
A private family interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, any memorials should be sent to her children.
Phillip Funeral Home is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at