Diane L. Fonda

Fonda, Diane L.

June 17, 1932-February 21, 2023, of Omaha.

VISITATION Thursday, March 2, 5-7pm with prayer at 7pm at West Center Chapel, 7805 W Center Rd, Omaha. FUNERAL SERVICE Friday, March 3, 10am at West Center Chapel, private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Survived by her husband of 30 years, Jere Fonda. Preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Donald Schaefer. Survived by her children: Christine Schaefer (Gary Williams); Kimberly Burry (Richard); Mindy Sessions; Bradford Schaefer (Diane); Leslie Schaefer; Andrea Watts; Matthew Schaefer (Savannah); Jennifer Seek (Dwight); Holly Sullivan (Jack). Survived by stepchildren: John Fonda (Jerrie); Matthew Fonda. Survived by grandchildren: Sabena Kull; Colin Kull; Erin VanSickle; Megan Angner; Derek Burry; Jaime Rose; Nicholas Schaefer; Elise Prather; Amanda Hartquist; Logen Rueda; Evyn Watts; Qwynn Watts; Kyle Schaefer; Ian Schaefer; Sydney Schaefer; Jacqueline Shaffer; Abigail Seek; Riley Sullivan; Bram Sullivan; Mena Sullivan; Sloane Sullivan. Survived by 19 great-grandchildren. Survived by step grandchildren: James Fonda; Suzanne Fonda. Survived by 2 step great grandchildren. Survived by siblings: Andrea Corbino; Nancy Young; Chrisanne Mollak-Dienstbier. Preceded in death by grandmother, Mabel Rose Cornish, mother, Edna Louise Mollak, siblings Marilyn Jensen and Frank Keiderling. Preceded in death by grandson Jayson Rose.

We will never know a more loving, kind, intelligent woman than Diane. She was a role model for her children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren; selflessly supportive of everyone and never judgmental. She was known for treating many with more class, grace, generosity, and dignity than they felt was deserved. Diane was as beautiful on the outside as she was within. A stunning, elegant, poised woman, Diane was a highly sought after local fashion model for well-known couture designers conducting trunk shows in the Midwest – even after raising 9 children – and into her 50’s! After the passing of her first husband, Diane was blessed to find love and happiness with her husband Jere for nearly 30 years, until her passing. And although Diane was unfairly burdened with illness and suffering her last few years, she fought to stay positive and never stopped helping her family, always putting her problems aside in order to help them with theirs. Life can be cruel and unfair to those least deserving, but we know that she is now free of distress and at peace. We will miss her terribly.


  • Ormond & Patty Kinney Posted February 24, 2023 3:14 pm

    You were a wonderful woman, Diane. May you now enjoy eternal happiness .

  • Janice Fonda Posted February 24, 2023 5:56 pm

    Your description of Diame is on point. She was all that and more. So grateful to have the love and support that she showered on me and my children. She had an unlimited capacity to love. Memory eternal. 🙏🕊️❤️

  • Jane (Lorenc)Swanson Posted February 24, 2023 6:10 pm

    Thinking of you Jenny and your entire family. May God wrap his arms around you all in this time of need.

  • Larry Meyer DeeAnn Posted February 24, 2023 6:53 pm

    Jenny, our thoughts and prayers are with you upon hearing of the passing of your mother.

  • Jane Gundvaldson Posted February 24, 2023 7:06 pm

    I’ve known Kim for years and am sending prayers for you all. You’ve been so lucky to have your mom, grandma, and great-grandma for these years. Prayers. Jane Gundvaldson

  • Betty Hill, Ray Hill Posted February 25, 2023 1:57 am

    We’re so sorry for your loss…
    Jenny Seek, It sure sounds like your mother had a full life and a loving huge family ❤️.
    May she rest until Jesus’return.
    Ray and Betty Hill 💕

  • Rathert Posted February 25, 2023 9:51 am

    God certainly has gained a Angel 😇! What a lovely & beautiful story of her Life! So sorry for your Huge loss! All your wonderful memories will keep her alive in your ❤️’s
    Our Deepest Sympathies, Nelson & Peg

  • Juan Eduardo Penalva Posted February 25, 2023 11:25 am

    I am so sorry for your lost Leslie and Schaefer/Fonda Family,
    You will be remember for ever My Lady Diane Louis..
    God bless you all.

  • Global Connections Posted February 26, 2023 9:23 am

    We are fortunate enough to work with Mindy Sessions. She often talked about her beautiful mother and if Mindy is a reflection of her mother, then Diane was amazing.

  • Andrea Corbino Posted February 26, 2023 9:42 am

    I have a very deep sadness for all of us who loved her.

  • Pat Jones Posted February 27, 2023 10:26 am

    I feel blessed, Jere, to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know both you and your dear wife during her visits to the Weigel Williamson Center. Diane was such a gracious and courageous lady–an inspiration to many. With heartfelt sympathy, Pat

  • Gloria Glissmann Posted March 4, 2023 6:22 pm

    So sorry. Diane was a great friend grade and Hi School and many years after.

  • Tim Jensen Posted June 16, 2023 4:43 pm

    I am not sure this will still be received, since it is so late. I just found out today. Diane was there for me and my family when my mom (Marilyn Jensen) was Ill and passed away. I am sorry I could not do the same. My condolences to all, and if there is anything I can do, let me know.

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