Diane Babolik, age 62, of Pine City, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 2, 2019, with her family by her side at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
Diane Jeanne Miller was born March 31, 1957, to Donald and Jeanne (Niles) Miller in Garden Grove, California. The family moved back to Minnesota and eventually settled in Pine City where Diane graduated from Pine City High School. On May 22, 1978, she married the late Mike Babolik and together they lovingly raised nine children.
Diane gave selflessly of her time, energy and love, always supporting her children in their interests and hobbies as they were growing up. After her children had grown, she became a foster mother and extended her love to children who needed it. She had a heart of compassion and was always caring for someone. Her wit could brighten anyone’s day and she always had a listening ear or wisdom to offer. Her faith was steadfast and strong through life’s trials, encouraging those around her.
Diane’s world was her grandchildren and she would do anything for them. She got so much joy from a house full of noise, laughter and play. In true grandmother fashion she found nothing wrong with a treat before lunch if the request was coming from anyone who called her “grandma” and no mess was too big if it meant memories were being made.
She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Diane is survived by her children: Michelle (Jeff) Schlaeger of Pine City, Patrick Babolik of Cambodia, Jeremiah Babolik of Pine City, Joshua Babolik (Kelly Norton-Tode) of Pine City, Josiah (Cami) Babolik of Rock Creek, Jessica (Haowen) Cheng of Virginia, Jonah (Alicia) Babolik of Pine City, Julia (Cody) Skluzacek of Pine City, Jennifer Babolik (fiancé Brandon Sykes) of Winona; grandchildren: Linda, Lyndon, Lee, Wyatt, Elsa, Violet, Macie, Milo, Melia, Elim, Matthias, Thaddeus, Remi and baby to be, Easton, Elias, Evan; siblings: Mike (Patty) Miller of Harris, Tom (Diane) Miller of Juneau, Alaska, Roger (Jeanine) Miller of Waite Park, Ron (Brenda) Miller of Columbus, Linda (Merlin Powell) Miller of Pine City, Peggy (Ray) Perkins of Clear Lake, Joanne Miller of Pine City, Karen Miller of North Branch; sister-in-law Mary Babolik of Pine City; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Diane is preceded in death by her parents Donald and Jeanne Miller; husband Mike Babolik; brother James Miller; father-in-law Milo and mother-in-law Viola Babolik; sister-in-law Margaret Kelly.
Monsignor Aleksander Suchan will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Diane at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beroun. A time of visitation and reviewal for family and friends will be held 5-8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service Thursday evening, May 9, at Swanson Funeral Chapel and also one hour prior to the Mass at the church. The interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Beroun.
In memory of Diane, memorials may be designated to Diane’s family for the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City – Swanson Chapel. www.FuneralAndCremationService.com