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Diane M. (Rethman) Mulryan

Seneca, Kansas

09/20/1945 - 02/05/2020

Diane A. (Rethman) Mulryan, 74, of Seneca, Kansas, died unexpectantly on February 5, 2020, in her home.

Diane was born on September 20, 1945 to Clement B. and Florentine Olberding Rethman on a farm northwest of St. Benedict. She attended St. Mary’s School in St. Benedict and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1963. Diane worked for Bergman Hyklas from 1962-1964; she was then employed by Elsie’s Place for a year. On October 12, 1964; she married John Mulryan at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Benedict. The couple celebrated 55 years of marriage; and were the Nemaha/Marshall County Catholic Marriage Prep Coordinators for 32 years. Diane owned and operated Diane’s Day Care for 37 ½ years.

Diane was member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca, St. Ann’s Altar Society, a past member of the Church Council and the Communion Coordinators for Rest Home and Shut-Ins since 1977. Diane enjoyed family gatherings and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she loved to entertain.   In her spare time Diane embroidered and played cards.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Alice Mulryan on October 23, 1973; sisters, Anna Sperfslage on August 8, 1995, Charlotte Burdick on September 14, 2010 and Willa Rae Wilhelm on November 22, 2017; and brothers, Clements J. Rethman on June 12, 2008 and Rupert Rethman on January 31, 2014.

She is survived by her husband, John; two sons, Robert (Natalie) Mulryan of Eudora, Kansas and Michael (Shara) Mulryan of Haysville, Kansas; sisters, Rosetta Umscheid of Flush and Roberta Lierz of Sabetha; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, sent in care of the family.


Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Funeral Mass

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11AM Monday, February 10, 2020 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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  1. Gary and Mary Haug on February 7, 2020 at 6:14 am

    To Diane’s family,
    Please accept our condolences for your loss. Our family will always remember your Mom’s fantastic baking and generosity in sharing. John and Diane were such good neighbors to Gary’s folks. I hope they’re having that Heavenly reunion we all wish for.

    • Robert Mulryan on February 9, 2020 at 11:32 am

      Thank you Gary and Mary. We appreciate all of your kind words.

  2. Susan Bowman on February 7, 2020 at 10:39 am

    John – So saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. I always enjoyed our conversations and admired her immensely for her care and patience with her daycare children. She was such and lovely and caring person and will be greatly missed. Susan

    • Robert Mulryan on February 9, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Thank you Susan. Yes, mom really liked to converse.

  3. Donna M Eisenbarth on February 7, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    John – I am so shocked and saddened to hear this. Beyond belief. Her loving care of my son when he was little is something neither him or I will ever forget. Thinking of you.

    • Robert Mulryan on February 9, 2020 at 11:42 am

      Thank you Donna. Justin was one of her first babysitting kids (I think the 3rd). I remember that time well. Sorry to hear about Justin, I hope he is doing better.

  4. Jen Eisenbarth on February 7, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I was so sorry to hear this news. I have many fond memories of Diane watching me when I was little. Her laugh was the best (and so was her macaroni and cheese)! She helped raise so many children in the Seneca area and had a positive impact on all of us!
    John, Robert, and Michael–You are in my prayers.

    • Robert Mulryan on February 9, 2020 at 11:48 am

      Thank you Jenny. I am glad you have such fond memories and I know mom loved it also.

  5. Mary Alice Schmitz on February 8, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    We were shocked to hear the news. She was such a giving person.I knew her all my life,how luckley I was.

  6. Robert Mulryan on February 9, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Thank you Mary Alice! Mom was lucky for knowing you too!

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