Diane Boneck of Ogdensburg, age 60, was born to Eternal Life on March 24, 2021 at home with her family. She was born in Milwaukee to Donald and Marilyn (Campbell) Wick at St. Joseph Hospital on June 12th, 1960. On November 9, 2002 she married her soulmate, Russell “Rusty” Boneck Jr. She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband, Russell D. Boneck Jr.; parents, Don and Marilyn Wick; father in law, Russell D. Boneck Sr.; her son Alexander Robert (Lorna) Zweck; stepchildren Rebecca Boneck and Russell D. Boneck III; her sister Joan Bridge (David Urban); brother Bruce Wick, nephew, Phillip Bridge; nieces: Jacqueline Bridge, Erica Bridge, Samantha (Tyler) Lambert, Julianne Bergin, and many relatives and friends. Diane is preceded in death by her infant niece Angela Legate, and her sister, Suzanne Bergin. Growing up in Milwaukee, Diane attended James Madison High School where she enjoyed music, sports, and art. Her family later moved to West Bend in 1977 where she began to nurture her creative passions and attended Winona International School of Photography on scholarship, where she studied film negative retouching. After high school, Diane spent many years working for her parents at their photography studio, Don Frederick Photography. She opened her own home business “The Light Touch” providing negative retouching for many WI photographers until digital technology eliminated this need. She was a very loving and devoted mother, and worked tirelessly to provide a good life for her son, Alex. In 1992 Diane attended nursing school and received her LPN degree from Beaver Dam Technical College of Wisconsin. Diane enjoyed helping people as a nurse and nursing assistant over a 20-year career, especially thriving in pediatric home care, in which she became ventilator-certified. Diane loved the Lord above all else, and found her home at Faith Community Church in Waupaca, WI where she made many friends after moving to Ogdensburg in 2009. She was a prayer warrior, sending up prayers daily for others, and she sent out hundreds of cards and letters to uplift others. Diane and Rusty moved to their property with the ambitious goal of becoming modern-day homesteaders. They were able to grow much of their own organic produce and herbs, which Diane enjoyed using to create her many home folk medicines, body care, and cleaning products. During their years together Diane found a spiritual peace living in nature and loved to spend her time worshiping, gardening, bird watching, hiking their land, studying Native American history, art, and crocheting. As a member of The Nature Conservancy and United Plant Savers, she had the goal of transforming their land into a botanical sanctuary for future generations, and has asked in lieu of a memorial fund all those who wish to give send a donation to The United Plant Savers, The Nature Conservancy, Samaritan’s Purse, or the Waupaca Humane Society. Services will be held Wednesday, March 31st at Maple Crest Funeral Home, with a visitation available from 10am–12pm. The family asks that all attendees be cognizant of social distancing and notes that masks will be required for all attendees.
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