Schiefelbein, Ellen Diane (nee Kelley)

Schiefelbein, Ellen Diane (nee Kelley)

June 22, 1941 – September 29, 2015
Age 74 of West St. Paul, left this earth on September 29, 2015 and will ALWAYS be loved and deeply missed. Beloved wife of Aaron Schiefelbein. Beloved mother of Joanne (David) Binder, Lisa Schiefelbein, Stevan (Tina) Schiefelbein, and Nick (Brenda) Schiefelbein. Doting grand-mother to Nathan, Joanna, Abby, and Christina Schiefelbein, Katie Binder, and Gerrit and Dina VanderWaal. Loving sister/sister-in-law to Dan Kelley, Mary and Phil Qualle, Dawn Kelley, Linda Natzel, Gloria and Gordon Lutz, and Bud Kelley (deceased). Sweet aunt to many nieces and nephews. Diane was born in Spencer, Iowa to farming parents Louisa and Dale Kelley. Some of her favorite childhood memories were spent with her grandparents in Lake Okoboji, Iowa. She loved Spirit Lake, the beautiful surrounding orchards, and the quiet, peaceful time spent fishing with her grandpa Lester Kelley and grandmother Della. When she was 14, she moved to Osceola, Wisconsin- where she later met and married her husband of 56 years, Aaron. Aaron and Diane raised their four children in Cottage Grove. When her youngest child was in Kindergarten, she became a cosmetologist and sold Avon. She was an avid reader and enjoyed music and art, nature, flowers, plays, films, and collecting pottery. A small private service for immediate family will be held on the beautiful banks of the St. Croix River – a place she cherished. She will always be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit, grace, and compassion. (Published in Pioneer Press on Oct. 4, 2015)