Diane Rae (Laures) Marquardt, 67, of Elgin, went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2021, with her family by her side. She was born February 26, 1954, in Rochester to Raymond and Georgia (Schlief) Laures. Diane graduated in 1972 from John Marshall High School in Rochester. She married the love of her life Grant Marquardt on October 28, 1978, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rochester.
Diane worked at Ground Round for 20 years in Rochester, after they closed, she worked at The Guest House until they closed. She did events for the Lake City Sportsman Club for a few years. Diane also cleaned houses on the side. Diane full filled a dream of owning a restaurant, The Elba Tower House in Elba, where she met lots of new friends, and just retired from in October 2021. Her favorite job was working at her church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elgin for seven years as the church secretary, where she also served on the Board of Education and the Alter Guild, assisted, and led youth activities, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Her favorite past times were spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, flowers, and land scaping. Diane cherished most the time she got to spend with her grandkids.
Diane is survived by her husband, Grant Marquardt of Elgin, her sons, John Marquardt of Elgin, and Nicholas (Kari) Marquardt of Wabasha; and her mother, Georgia Laures of Stewartville. The joy of her life were her grandchildren, Trinity, Cherish, Damian, Savannah, Titan, and Violet. Diane was the only daughter and third oldest of eight children. She is survived by six of her brothers, John (Becky) Laures, Laney (Larry) Laures both of Rochester, Bill (Judy) Laures of Chatfield, Scott (Amy) Laures of Mazeppa, Mike (Karen) Laures, and Jeff (Debbie) Laures both of Stewartville. Diane was a loving, caring, amazing aunt to her nieces and nephews, Jeremy (Heidi) Laures of Birchwood, WI, Kris (Eric) Thronson of Kasson, Larry (Traci) Laures, Jason (Jennifer) Laures, Jodi (Jason) Goetsch, Kelly (Michael) Albrecht all of Stewartville, Tina (Todd) Ristau of Preston, Rob (Sophie) Laures of Rochester, Serina (Chad) Stannard of Mantorville, Mark (Ann) Moen of the Twin Cities, Jessica Tchida of Ottertail, Tiffany (Adam) Houle, Jennifer Laures both of Becker, Dustin Laures of Boyceville, WI, Cassie (EJ) Juers of Chatfield, Alisha (Scott) Robinson of Rochester, Danielle (Cody) Schmitt, Brittany (Drew) Johnson, Jim (Ashley) Laures, Kevin (Sam) Laures, and Ray Laures all of Stewartville. She is also survived by several cousins, and special friends, and a best friend since elementary school, Dawn (Bob) Braaten of Byron.
Diane was preceded in death by her dad, Raymond Laures, a younger brother, Bryan Laures, and her in laws, Grant and Maxine Marquardt, Sr.
A funeral service was held on Monday, November 29, at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elgin with Pastor Terrill Bramstedt officiating. Burial will follow the service in Elgin Cemetery. A visitation was held from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 28, at the Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Arrangements entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, the guest register may be signed at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com


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