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Diana Lynn Knoll, 60, passed away peacefully May, 19, 2019 at her daughter’s home after a 3 year battle with cancer. She was born March 15, 1959 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Len and Roseanne (Turowski) Knoll. Diane grew up in Jenison, where she rode horses, dirt bikes, swam at the gravel pits and while in high school, enjoyed tearing up and down the dirt roads on her motorcycle.
After graduating from Jenison High School in 1977, Diane moved to Daytona Beach Fl, where she met James Ralston. They shared 15 years together and had two children, Amanda Rose and Brandon James. Diane and Jim remained close friends till the end.
Diane loved to love people. She never met a stranger, sharing her beautiful smile with everyone. Not that she was always sunshine and rainbows. Let’s be real. She was a strong, independent woman who took life by the horns and never took anyone’s nonsense. Even with that you knew it came from a place of truth, Diane forever told you how she was feeling and felt it was always necessary to share her opinion.
We will never forget the boat rides, camping trips, days by the beach, bonfires and all the deep conversations on the deck while drinking beer on ice. Diane will be remembered for being genuinely interested in people’s well-being and how their life was going. She never turned anyone away that needed a place to stay.
Hebrews 13:2 “and remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”
For many years Diane worked at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Department. This suited her servant heart. She often said her job was one of the greatest blessings in her life. She taught us to do what’s right and do what’s good. Be kind and help others.
Diane is survived by her children, Amanda and Justin Huizenga, and Brandon Ralston; mother, Roseanne; step-father, Charles Devine; sisters, Susan Knoll, and Julie Knoll; brother, Joe & Cheryl Knoll; grandchildren, Brody Huizenga, and Luke Huizenga; nephews, James Alexander, Ryan Knoll, and Kyle Knoll; Aunt Linda & Uncle Randy Maat, Uncle David; and many dear friends that she called family. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
Please join us on Saturday, June 1st 2019 at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 1253 52nd Street S.E. Kentwood, 49508. Welcoming family and friends at 10 A.M. for visitation in the gathering space through main entrance of the church. Service will begin at 11 A.M. with a luncheon immediately following. There will be a time of sharing during lunch. If you ride bike, please bring it! We all know we have her attention when she hears the sounds of those bikes!

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Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Cheryl Burgess Snyder on May 25, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I also graduated with her. Praying for comfort and healing to all of her family and friends.

  2. Jim VanVleet on May 25, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Diane wasnt only one of our best friends she was also our babysitter when we were kids and was one of the nicest friendlyiest caring sitters of all time. Her brothers and sisters are truly amazing people we all love and wish them all the best. We miss and love you Diane, RIP

  3. Harley James DeVlieger on May 25, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I graduated with Diane and am saddened at her passing. May Gods peace be with the entire family through the days and months ahead.

  4. Pam Boyson Kintner on May 26, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I am so saddened by Diana’s passing. I have so many awesome memories with her! One of her first bikes she bought was from my brother Tom and last time we spoke she still had it. Her laugh and smile were contagious! Such a genuine person. God bless Diane’s family

  5. David Miller on May 26, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Diane was a beautiful person inside and out. She always was there at the benefits at the vet’s home and always a big cheerful smile. Love and miss you Diane. Love you from the bottom of our hearts. SincerelyThe All Americans M.C.

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