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 fire department.

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 www.phillipfuneralhome.com.