Dianne Gause

August 4, 1950-October 8, 2011


Service: A memorial service will be held at Ramsey Baptist Church, Montrose, SD on Saturday, October 15th at 2:00 P.M.

Dianne Elizabeth Gause, age 61, formerly of Montrose and a former Parker special education teacher, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Canton Good Samaritan Center, following a lengthy illness. 

Born August 4, 1950, to Delbert and Lily (Olson) Gause in Sioux Falls, SD, Dianne attended schools in Orland and Salem where she graduated from High School in 1968.  She received her Bachelor degree in Education from Dakota State in Madison, SD in 1972.  Her one and only teaching position was in Parker, SD, where she taught for 32 years in Special Education.  After retiring, she moved to the Trail Ridge Community in Sioux Falls where she lived with her mother and later in the assisted living.  She lived a short while in care centers in Salem, SD and Roseau, MN.  In October 2010 Dianne and her mother moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Canton, SD, where Dianne passed away on October 8, 2011, after many years of struggle with Multiple Systems Atrophy.

Having been raised in a Christian home, Dianne had a strong faith in her Lord.  She found great joy in participating in the lives of her family and especially her nieces and nephew.  The joy of giving exemplified her life, even to the point of donating her body to SD School of Medicine for medical research.

Dianne was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother.  She is survived by her brother, Gerald (Sylvia) Gause, Montrose, SD, and sister Wanda (Jack) Bailey, Shakopee, MN, her nieces and nephew, Rachel, Michelle & Matthew Bailey, Aunt Millie Pearson and Uncle Wallace (Mary) Olson and many caring cousins.  Special friends, Paul and Ann Morehouse.

A memorial service will be held at Ramsey Baptist Church, Montrose, SD on Saturday, October 15th at 2:00 P.M.

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  1. Our prayers and sympathy are extended to your family. I talked with Lily and Dianne at the Cookie Jar one trip back to SD.

  2. I am thinking of the Gause family. I did not know Dianne well, but was friends with her brother Jerry. As a former classmate of Jerrys, I try to understand how difficult it would be to lose a brother or sister. Roy Lauck Yankton SD

  3. My sympathy to your family Dianne had a wonderful way with the students in her classroom at Parker. She was very patient with each student. Dianne had a positive attitude each day. I taught in the high school at Parker while Dianne was there. Deb Van Hove

  4. My heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your precious sister, Dianne. We were friends from birth since our mom’s were in the maternity ward of the hospital at the same time. So neat to be neighbors growing up too. Take great comfort in her being at peace and having fulfilled her life’s calling. I visited last with her at the Salem nursing home and she still had her sense of humor. I left feeling better than when I went! Our love and prayers to all of you in your loss.

  5. My sympathy to Dianne’s family. We were close friends at Dakota State and graduated together. We kept in contact with each other and visited while we were both teaching in the 70’s and 80’s. I lost contact with her after she retired, but she was in my thoughts often. I know she is happy now and no longer suffering. Lynette Nowotny Molstad Gorder Class of ’72