Diane M. Steinke, 74 of Eau Claire passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Diane was born to John and Dorothy (Dern) Madson on July 31, 1943 in Eau Claire. She graduated from Memorial High School. She was united in marriage to Dennis E. Steinke in 1961 for several years and later divorced. Diane worked for many years at Student Transit as a bus driver, Presto and Ashley Furniture. She also ran bingo tour bus trips. Diane enjoyed camping, hunting, playing cards, bingo, flea marketing, and antiquing. She always had a love for animals and the Green Bay Packers.

Diane is survived by her children: Denise (Randy) Kuhnert, Suzanne (Jim) Steinberg, and Michael (Evonne Hutchens) Steinke, all of Eau Claire; grandchildren Kodi Kuhnert and Becky Bunai; brother Ron (Tony Phillips) Young of Orlando, Florida; sister-in-law Karen Madson. She is further survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents; sister Darlene Rada; brother James Madson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Smith Funeral Chapel on Monday, June 18, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00. Family and friends may leave online condolences at www.smithfuneralec.com.



  1. R.I.P. Diane. We were neighbors on Briggs Avenue in the 50s & 60s and recently communicated on social media.

  2. Denise , I am very sorry for your loss. Your mom was an awesome bus driver. She would stop at the little store in Elk Lake and buy us suckers. Jerry

  3. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Sorry for your loss. Until me meet again Diane, rest in peace. Steve and Soozie Jenneman

  4. To: Mike, Suzanne, Denise and families:
    We want you all to know how sorry we are to hear about the loss of your mom. We remember her as being a super kind person who used to have Heather come over and play when you were all very young.
    Although we have not been in touch with her the past few years we still remember conversations from the Steinke Christmas gatherings and picnics at the shack. Those are great memories that we will not forget.
    Our deepest sympathies to all of you. May your Mom Rest In Peace.

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