Barbara L. Diehls

PORTAGE – Barbara L. Diehls, age 81, passed away at Tivoli in Portage on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Barbara was born on August 5, 1935, in Janesville, the daughter of Herman and Mabel (Peterson) Odenwalder. She attended Janesville High school and later St. Anthony’s School of Nursing. She married Carl Diehls on January 4, 1958 in Janesville. Barbara worked for many years as an RN for Mercy Hospital in Janesville, and later at the Columbia County Health Care Center in Wyocena.

Barbara enjoyed her Florida beach home, traveling, keeping in touch with her nursing friends, rooting for the Packers, time spent with her grandchildren, and hosting Christmas with the family.

She is survived by her children, Donald (Julie) Diehls of Clam Lake, WI, Robert (Shannon) Diehls of Sheboygan, WI, Diane (Robert) Ryan of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren, Corrie (Ryan) Fish and Andrew Diehls, both of Springfield, IL; and great-grandchild, Oliver Fish. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, and her twin sister, Betty.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Portage, with Rev. Julie Krahn officiating. Private burial will be at the Milton Lawns Memorial Park in Janesville. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.

The family would like to thank the staff at Tivoli for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Barbara’s name to the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family. 


For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)