Diana Kay Whealon, 60
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight
in the dog.” Mark Twain Diana Kay Whealon (nee Sorenson), age 60, of
Shawano, Wisconsin, passed away on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017, after a
long two-year battle with bile duct cancer.
Diana fought until the end and was surrounded by her husband Ed and her
Mother and Father, Janis (nee Worden) and Douglas Sorenson, along with
her sisters, Tamara Leigh Oda of Cedarburg, Vicki (Todd) Styka of
Manitowoc and brother Derrick Sorenson of Oconomowoc at her childhood
home in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Diana is finally pain-free and embraced by
our Lord, survived by her many nieces and nephews, and welcomed into
heaven by her father-in-law Dr. Jack Whealon, grandparents Otis and
Sylvia (nee Peterson) Worden and others who went before her.
Diana and Ed met at UW-Platteville, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree
in Agriculture Science and Journalism. The two married on June 28, 1980.
After graduation, they moved to Shawano, Wisconsin, where Diana was
employed by Midwest Breeders/CRI.
Anyone who was blessed to know Diana knew, in addition to adventuring
with Ed, that dogs were her passion from an early age and into her adult
What began as a hobby with her first Weimaraner, Heidi, of learning the
dog show circuit, turned into a career with Diana going on to win
numerous American and Canadian championships and becoming a top national
breeder of Weimaraners and English Mastiffs. Diana then turned those
experiences into a successful business as owner of Complete Canine Care
Center for the past 27 years in Shawano. Diana was active not only in
the local Shawano business community, but also as a member of the Oconto
Yacht Club, Weimaraner Club of Wisconsin, Mastiff Club of America,
Shawano County Humane Society, Navarino Nature Center, and Shawano Area
Chamber of Commerce. For the past 30 years, Diana and Terry Bruno co-led
Precious Pooches, the Shawano County 4-H dog project.
After her cancer diagnosis in October 2015, Diana turned her energies
into advocating for Organ Donation and Donate Life. Per her request, her
body will be donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin so others may
learn more about this type of cancer. Her husband Ed and family would
like to especially thank Dr. Johnny Hong, Dr. Ben George, Dr. Kia Saeian,
along with her cancer/transplant team at Froedtert Hospital and
Heartland Hospice in Milwaukee, WI.
Diana expressed her wishes for no visitation and a private family
memorial service to be held at a later date. Diana’s family wishes to
express gratitude to all who offered support over the last two years and
especially the last couple of months. You will never be forgotten.
Memorials in Diana’s name may be made to the Shawano County Humane
Society or Donate Life Wisconsin at P.O. Box 1095, Madison, WI 53701.
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