Diane Marie Wallace-Reid June 18, 1946 - March 6, 2021

Age 74, passed away suddenly Saturday morning, March 7, 2021, from her struggles with cancer. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Nancy Edgington and Shirley Lang, and parents, Clarence and Irene Muhleisen. She is survived by her loving husband, Terrance Dinovo, her two children, Jessica and Tyson Neukirch, step-children, Shannon Comisar and Trevor Dinovo, eleven grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Diane was an educator for forty-plus years, teaching children and young adults research skills they would need in adulthood and instilling in them the love of reading. Her colleagues saw her as passionate and inclusive in her work with them. She, herself, was an avid reader, belonging to two book clubs. She loved cooking, gardening, hiking, traveling and watching Mystery and Masterpiece on PBS. Though born in Nebraska, she was a true Minnesotan at heart.

Diane was a person of strong faith in the midst of adversity. She walked the way of love as shown by the example Jesus in the Gospels. She was a voice for the voiceless and the injustices of our world. She was deeply involved in the work and mission of her community of faith, St. John the Evangelist, St. Paul. She was a welcoming and loving person to all she came in contact with.

We will have a celebration of her life when COVID restrictions permit.

In Diane’s memory, she would be honored for your support of the important work of the Hallie Q Brown Community Center, serving the Rondo and Frogtown neighborhoods of St. Paul (halliebrown.org). Hallie Q Brown, 270 Kent Street, St. Paul, MN, 55102, 651.224.4601, info@hallieqbrown.org.

“The healing I desire is within me.”



We will have a celebration of her life when COVID restrictions permit.


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    Meredith Tessier says

    I was so sad to learn the news of Diane’s passing. I came to know her when our family started attending St. John’s. She had such a wonderfully warm and welcoming spirit that notably elevated itself from the rest of us. I admired her commitment and involvement in the church community. She was a wonderful example of living her faith. May she rest in peace. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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