In Memory of

Diane Wintz

July 29, 1951 - April 25, 2021
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City - Diane Wintz 69, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Spurgeon Manor, Dallas Center.  Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rockwell City with Fr. Lawrence L. McCarty officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial will be at Elkhorn Township Cemetery, near Moorland.  Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Church until service time.  Masks are required.  The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home Facebook page.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.  Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.

     Diane Kay Wintz (Stanek) was born July 29, 1951, in Waverly, IA.  She grew up in Allison, Iowa, and graduated from Allison-Bristow High School in 1969.  In 1973, she graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, with a double major in Music and Physical Education. That fall, she met and was united in marriage to Donald Wintz in Mason City and three children born with the union.  Diane taught music for 3 years with CAL Community Schools in Latimer.  In 1976, Don and Diane moved to Rockwell City where Diane taught Elementary Music and K-8 Music for 28 years in the Rockwell City/Lytton School Districts.  Diane retired in 2009 to care for her beloved husband.  Diane was active in the community with piano lessons, Cub Scout and Blue Bird leadership, playing the piano and organ at church, leading the church youth choir, and accompanying soloists and groups for the junior high and high school choirs.

     In the Allison area, Diane was a 6-on-6 basketball legend leading Allison-Bristow High School to the state tournament three out of four years. In 1969 (her senior year), Diane was named to the all-tournament team, scoring 58 points in the semi-final state tournament game and eliminating the #1 ranked team (Union Whitten).  In college, Diane enjoyed teaching with the School of the Blind and taking a European band trip.  In the Rockwell City community, Diane was known as "the best music teacher ever." She had a passion for music and her piano playing skills were second to none.  Diane’s music concerts were a production and something she took great pride in.  Although sports and music were important to Diane, her true love was spending time with her family at their cabin on Twin Lakes and taking vacations.  She loved her husband, kids, and grandkids with her whole heart and talked about them often. One of her greatest joys was watching her children and grandchildren at their sporting events and activities. Diane was the rock of the Wintz family, caring and standing faithfully by Don's side during his courageous battle with cancer. Diane could light up a room with her smile, even after a steady decline with dementia the last five years of her life.

     Diane is survived by her children, Matthew (Shannon) Wintz of Kalamazoo, MI, and Angie (David) Jesse of Granger, IA; five grandchildren, Carter Wintz (18), Benjamin Jesse (16), Bryan Jesse (14), Karis Wintz (13), and Jill Jesse (12); two younger brothers, Dennis (Julie) Stanek of Denver, IA, and Randy (Deb) Stanek of Manchester, IA; other relatives and a host of friends. She is proceeded in death by her husband Don, daughter Jennifer, and her parents, Lawrence and Norma Stanek.

     Diane was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher, and friend, and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known her.  Keep the music playing!

Memorial Services
10:30 a.m. - Saturday
May 1, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
*Masks are required
Father Lawrence L. McCarty
9:00 a.m. - Saturday
May 1, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Organist: Fran Lawson
Cantor: Lisa Wozniak
Elkhorn Township Cemetery
near Moorland, Iowa


Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 5:51 PM
“Our heartfelt sympathy at this time. Your mother touched so many hearts and left this world a better place.”
- Gerri and Jane McCurdy

Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:31 AM
“Sending love and affection to an amazing family. Diane was presented with many challenges and was always joyful and positive. She has left our world in a better state than how she found it. Thank you for the opportunity to attend virtually and remember her beautiful soul”
- Kim Williams Manning

Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:22 PM
“I remember Diane when growing up in Allison. She was the basketball star and Mr. Stanek was with the school system. She was 2 yr. older than myself but still remember. May she be safe and hold her family in her heart . A”
- Karen Bibb-Pierce (Kussatz)

Friday, April 30, 2021 at 1:42 PM
“To Diane's family; I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I was privileged to spend time with your parents to write a story and take pictures for the Messenger during Dons fight with cancer. I was so impressed with their bravery. Also their love and dedication to each other and their family including their big friendly dog. Cherish your memories. Phyl kretlow”
- Use Phyllis kretlow

Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:41 AM
“I fondly remember the Stanek family while growing up. Diane’s music talent was evident early on, accompanying our high school choir while still in school herself. We were lucky to have her play the large pipe organ at our wedding in 1973. Great person. ”
- dkramer

Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:35 PM
“Our deep sympathy. Anyone who crossed paths with Diane whether a acquaintance or student, was a better person for knowing her.”
- Gerri & Jane McCurdy9

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:52 PM
“My absolute favorite teacher. She was such a joy to be around. I have always thought about her and will continue to cherish the memories I have of her. ”
- Jessica

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:10 PM
“Mrs.Wintz was the best music teacher when i was in elementary school and she will be miss by so many people in the Rockwell City -Lyton district ”
- Stephanie

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:08 PM
“We’re so sorry for your loss. Diane was a wonderful woman who had so many awesome talents! I always loved listening to her play that piano for the children’s concerts! God bless your memories!”
- Dave and Laurie glasnapp

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 2:35 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear that Mrs. Wintz passed away! She was such a bright light when I was in elementary school! Music class was always fun and I can still visualize her fingers dancing across the piano! I was always amazed at how she could play like that and at the same time look over the piano to teach and sing along with us! =) I hope some of the happy memories will help you during this very sad time. ”
- Shelly Johnson

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:59 AM
“Jesse Family we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. The Flugge-Smith Family”
- Amy and Jamie FluggeSmith

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:12 AM
“Mrs Wintz was truly my favorite teacher. Without her and Mr Wintz I wouldn't have made it to today. They made me realize life had so much more to offer and thanks to Mrs Wintz, my love for music has grown. She'll forever hold a special place in my heart! I'll always cherish her smile & her amazing advice! Fly high Mrs Wintz! Hug Nita for me please! ”
- Julie (Petersen) Wolvington

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:20 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you during this difficult time.”
- Jenny Roby

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:13 PM
“Not sure Diane EVER knew a stranger. She was one of the most sincere people I've ever met and had the privledge to work with at the Elementary. Our children thought she was the best! I think of her daily driving by her home. Rest in peace ,Diane ,as you truly deserve it!!”
- Phil and Shelly Hammen

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:40 PM
“To the Wintz family,
Our sincere condolences to you all. Diane was such an amazing person. Her enthusiasm, positively and talent made her one of the best there ever was in the teaching profession. She had a great influence on so many. There will never be another quite like her.
Steve and Carol Moberg ”
- Carol Moberg

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:39 PM
“Rest In Peace Diane. You will be missed by so many. You were an awesome teacher for our kids.
Marilyn and Ron Thompson”
- Marilyn Thompson

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:20 PM
“Diane was a wonderful woman, always offering a warm smile and pleasant greeting. She influenced countless lives, and along with her husband Don, had a tremendous, positive impact on their community in the lives they touched. I am grateful to have known them.”
- Dean Lindeman

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:11 PM
“Your Mother was such a sweet Lady. Her musical talent was unmatched. Always loved the Music Concerts. She knew how to make music fun. ”
- Betty Farnell

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:48 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss, Diane had a beautiful smile, keeping all of you in my prayers, Janice Wetter”
- Janice Wetter

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:25 PM
“We lost a lovely lady here on earth, but she is now playing beautiful music for all to hear up in heaven!🎶”
- Peggy Hildreth

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:03 PM
“She was an amazing music teacher. A child coming from a rough home life, I always felt welcomed and loved in her room and that speaks volumes for the person she was. She had a smile for me every time I saw her. My sincere condolences to your family. ”
- Rachel Vaughn

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:42 PM
“Diane was truly a gem! She was so full of life and her smile would light up a room. I have such wonderful memories of her & Don when I played softball with Don as my coach. She always took the time to talk to you whenever our paths crossed. Matt & Angie... you & your families will be in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. God bless. ”
- Jaci (Berg) Carlson

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:12 PM
“She was such a sweet lady! Her concerts were the best. She was our sons birthday twin and she always asked about him. ”
- Joy Hidreth

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:05 PM
“Mrs. Wintz was my favorite piano teacher. Many recitals in her living room. Prayers for the family. ”
- Michelle Decoursey

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 4:43 PM
“Sorry for your loss may she rest in peace. Always remember the music never stops!”
- Michell Geerdes

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 4:18 PM
“We were neighbors in Rockwell City....we had some good " neighbor" experiences and stories.....Diane was caring, had a great sense of humor, and so musically gifted! Our sincere sympathies, Matthew and Angie”
- Dave and Sandy Altman

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3:27 PM
“Always loved going to concerts when Jon was in school. They were great and entertaining. Deepest sympathies to all.”
- JoAnn Ellerbrock

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:10 AM
“Mrs. Wintz was the most fun and sweetest lady. Choir was always my favorite class, and mostly because of her. Her smile and kindness will forever be missed, but remembered. I'm sure she'll love being back with her husband. My condolences. Say hi to Mama Karen for us! ”
- Nicole Behrens

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:46 AM
“I lived next door to Diane and her family when we lived in Allison. I still remember the piano and organ duets that she and her father played after supper. Such beautiful music. May she rest in peace ”
- Susan Zierath

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to Diane's family. She was a beautiful soul and the most excellent teacher pehaps of all time. There was never a child she taught that didn't love her!”
- Lorri McClintock

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:23 AM
“Rest In Paradise, Mrs. Wintz. You had an enormous impact on me, I would not be the person I am today without you believing in me. ”
- Jen Miltner

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:44 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss, Mrs. Wintz was my all time favorite music teach ever! I'll never forget her playing round on the piano while we danced and sang. She will be missed”
- Sharona Daisy

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:40 AM
“Fly High u will be amazing angel one of the best music teachers in the world ”
- Shanna Carvalho

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:37 AM
“Condolences to her family. Such an amazing woman and educator who brought the joy of music to so many. ”
- Kyle Walters

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:15 AM
“So sorry for your loss! She will be remembered by so many here in Rockwell City. She devoted her time so much in spreading her love of music. I have heard over and over how much she was loved and we are so sorry for your loss! Hugs to all of you! Prayers for your healing!”
- Lane and Angie Kalkwarf

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:03 AM
“Such a kind lady! Everyone loved her. Condolences to the family 🎼”
- Robbi Kraft

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