Mark Memorial Community Funeral Home

← View All Tributes

Dianne Haagsman

Tribute Notifications

Click below if you would like to be notified when a new tribute is posted.

Sign Up

← View All Tributes

Dianne Louine Haagsman (Rathwell)

April 4, 1949 - March 1, 2015


In the evening hours of Sunday, March 1, 2015, Dianne Louine Haagsman passed away suddenly at home in Fort Steele, BC at the age of 65 years.   Dianne was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta to Clifford and Betty Rathwell.

Dianne was a very spiritual lady and was a very generous and kind soul who loved those around her.  She was always ready to serve and do whatever she could to help make somebody else’s load easier.  Dianne’s grandchildren were the light of her life and were very dear to her heart.  She loved thinking up fun activities for them to do on their visits with her.  Dianne was an awesome cook, baker and she loved entertaining and cooking meals for her friends and family.  She was a most gracious hostess.  Her garden was always immaculate with beautiful flowers blooming.  Dianne and her husband Jake enjoyed hiking the mountains, camping and she really enjoyed picking berries.   She was a very talented homemaker and loved to sew and took many beautiful photographs that we will always cherish.  Dianne was an avid reader and she never forgot about her quiet time and reading her bible each day.  She was the rock of our family.

Dianne loved her career as a Postmaster.  Her career took her to many different locations including Hudson’s Hope, Elkford, and Invermere.   After retirement, Dianne and Jake moved to Fort Steele where she thoroughly enjoyed her new home.

Dianne leaves to cherish her memory her beloved soulmate and love of her life, husband Jake; and her children; Cameron Churchill (Nisha), Derek Churchill, Marcy Churchill and Curtis (Danyelle) Haagsman.  She also leaves behind her grandchildren; Cienna, Ashtyn, Quintin, Benjamin and Colin and one great grandchild, Azra.  Dianne also leaves behind her mother, Betty Rathwell and two sisters; Wendy (Steve) Schnell and Adele Oak.  Mourning her loss also are Jake’s family who always thought of their sister-in-law as their sister-in-love.  She also leaves many aunts, uncles,nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss her dearly.  She was predeceased by her father, Clifford Rathwell.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Dianne’s life will be held At the Cranbrook Alliance Church, 1200 Kootenay St. N. on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation BC-Yukon, #4 1551 Sutherland Drive, Kelowna BC  V1Y 9M9. Condolences may be left for the family at



Send a condolence, light a candle and/or share a memory, click "Send Condolence". Once your message has been approved by the moderator it will be posted to the website.

Pages: 12

From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ashleigh Whitworth
Relation: Dianne was my cousin

Deepest love and sympathy to you Auntie Betty, Wendy, Adele, Jake and family, for this sudden loss to our shared family. Our family sends you healing for your hearts, health to your bodies, and peace to you all in this time of deep grief. Dianne was a brilliant light, and her essence will continue to shine through your loving memories.

With heartfelt love,
Marie, Ashleigh, Dena, Cam, Tracey, and Caprice

From: Lenore & Wally Harwood
Relation: Friend

Diane was a gracious lady. We always enjoyed her presence. We will remember her smile, and her kind words. Our heartfelt sympathy to all Diane’s family and friends.
Wally and Lenore

From: Alison Hargreaves Lowe
Relation: Dianne is my mother's cousin

Prayers of peace, hope and strength at this difficult time. We all love Dianne. A ray of sunshine. Love to Aunt Betty and Jake too.

From: Wayne DeMeester
Relation: Cousin

Our families have many fond memories of visiting with The Rathwells while they lived in Lethbridge and Cranbrook. Dianne always supported the Brown family reunion and enriched the reunions with her baking and visiting. We send our love and prayers to her immediate family at this time of great loss.

From: Mark and Cheryl DeMeester
Relation: cousin

We’re sorry for your loss. Prayers be with you.

From: Teresa McLeod
Relation: family friend

Dianne was such a great friend to me and my parents, Art and Phyllis Girton .She certainly did have God’s grace inside and out Our deepest condolences to Jake and the family.

From: Les Braaten
Relation: Friend

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Jake, on the loss of of your wife, (friend, partner, soul mate) and mother, Dianne. We will miss the pictures of you both out hiking and enjoying the beauty of God’s handiwork. May you find peace in the knowledge that His will is best and that you will see her again.
Les Braaten

From: Brian and Rita Churchill
Relation: former sister in law

Our deepest sympathies for Jake, Marcy, Gramma Betty, Wendy Adele Curtis and Family, Derek and Cam. We all will miss her.

From: Joan Forrest
Relation: friend and co-worker

Jake my heart goes out to you and your family. So very sorry.
I will miss my friend, her laughter,her smile and her never ending kindness. Dianne I will hold your memory always.

Pages: 12

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 6, 2015
Beginning at 2:00pm

Cranbrook Alliance Church
1200 Kootenay St. N.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

1200 Kootenay St. N.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
Heart and Stroke Foundation BC-Yukon, #4 1551 Sutherland Drive, Kelowna BC  V1Y 9M9

Thank You Notice

Send Flowers

Floral Tributes may be ordered at:

MJ’s Floral Boutique
24 10th Avenue South
Cranbrook BC V1C 2M8

When ordering please have the name of the deceased, the date of the funeral service and the Funeral Home information.

Donate In Memory

Send Condolence - For Dianne Haagsman

Use the form below to send a Condolence, light a memorial candle and/or share a personal memory.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please upload a small jpg file (Max file size is 1MB)

← View All Tributes