February 25, 1955 - January 9, 2017


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Diane G. Rau, age 61, who passed away Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Minden Township. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Diane was born Feb. 25, 1955 in St. Cloud to Charles & Ardel (Elwell) Miller. She married Jerome “Jerry” Rau on Feb. 21, 1976 in Foley. Diane was a nurse for over 35 years at the St. Cloud Hospital and St. Benedict’s Senior Community. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Diane loved going up to Nokay Lake and taking trips to the casino with family. She also loved to shop, watch movies and read. She especially loved her four granddaughters. Diane was a happy, caring, loving person who always made everyone’s day better. She always knew how to help people. She was a great listener and had a very contagious laugh.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry of Sauk Rapids; children, Jennifer (Jason) Philippi of Holdingford, Sarah (Lenny) Haberman of Clear Lake and Mitchell (Larissa) Rau of Minot, ND; siblings, Deb (Dan) Sonmore, Terry (Janie) Miller, Dawn (Rob) Stroh, Tim (Collette) Miller, Chris (John) West and Chuck (Melissa) Miller; and grandchildren, Gracie, Maddie, Kiley and Sophia. Diane was preceded in death by her parents; and sons, Ryan, John and Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.