Obituary for Dian Marie Fossum

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Dian Marie (Malmin) Fossum of La Crosse, and formerly of Viroqua and Peterson Minn. passed away at the age of 86 on Saturday, October 12 at Bethany Riverside.
One of fourteen children, Dian was born December 1, 1932 to Karl and Bertha Malmin. She grew up in Peterson and after graduating high school, lived and worked in Minneapolis. On September 3, 1955, she married the love of her life, Llewellyn (Lew) Carl Fossum following a courtship by letter while he served in the Army during the Korean War. Dian and Lew raised their five children in Viroqua, where Dian worked at Vernon Memorial Hospital for over 30 years.
Dian was an active member at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She loved volunteering at the church, working in her yard, reading, playing cards and keeping up with current events. She was known for her delicious apple pies.
Dian, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother will be greatly missed by all and is survived by daughter Karrie Schroeder of La Crosse; daughter Kristi and her husband David Pappas of Fox Lake, Wis.; son Timothy of Fox Lake, Wis.; five grandchildren, Ashley (Michael) McRill, Alex Schroeder, Anthony (Kristin) Pappas, Michael (Kelly) Pappas, and Joseph Pappas; three great-grandchildren, Parker, Ryland and Luke; one sister, LaVaughn Greenwalt Nolan; and many nieces and nephews.
Dianwas preceded in death by her husband of 54 years; daughter, Karla Weidner; son, Kim (Kay) Fossum, and twelve siblings, Barbara, Clair, Allan, Lincoln, Jeanette, Vern, Milford, Robert, Curtis, Joyce, Karl Donald, and Lowell.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2135 Weston Street, La Crosse. Pastor Bruce Iverson will officiate. Family and friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, and again on Thursday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services.
A private burial will be held at the East Grace Cemetery in Peterson, Minn. on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be given to the family at