Diane Marie Siegfried, 64, died suddenly on Thursday, May 1 in Oakdale.
She was born in Stockton. She was raised and attended elementary and high school in Oakdale. While in high school, she worked as a car hop at the local A&W. After graduation she attended San Diego State University where she obtained a BA in Art History.
She returned from college and began working for C.H Dunlap in the bridal department at the Modesto store. This is where her love for the bridal business began. After Dunlap’s, she went on to own her own bridal business, Danielle’s, in Lodi for many years. After closing the store, she discovered her next love, Bel Aire Bridal, where she served as a top sales representative and played a focal role in making the company one of the most successful in the industry. On the day of her death she had just come home from one of her many road trips to Los Angeles. She would set out on her road trips several times a year and would personally call on more than half of the 150 clients she had in 10 western states.
Ms. Siegfried had always known that she was put on earth to help others. She set out on a quest for new knowledge and discovered she held a deep passion for the world of holistic medicine. She began taking classes about herbs and oils. In these classes she met amazing friends who later became her partners in a holistic business known as The 7 Women. She loved attending different fairs, teaching people about what she had learned and selling what she knew could help heal others. Her love of sharing the knowledge she obtained didn’t stop there, eventually she bought the Central Sierra Health Resource Guide and had begun expanding not only with free papers, but also an online site that people could visit to help increase their understanding of the holistic world.
She also had a love for travel; traveling the country looking for adventures wherever she could find them. She loved visiting such places as Hawaii, Arizona, the mountains of Washington and Oregon, Lake Tahoe, and especially Bass Lake. She would often take trips there with her best friend Michelle Perch so they could catch up, relax and cleanse their souls.
Her true loves, however, were her family, friends and church. Every weekend she could be found singing in the choir or leading the congregation in song with a smile for everyone in the pews. It brought her joy to express the love of God through music to others. Along with being a choir member and cantor, she was also involved in writing the church bulletin for a few years. She was an adored member of the YLI and writer of the Senior newsletter, which many parishioners looked forward to reading. She spent countless hours mentoring others with the patience few possessed while providing them with endless encouraging words. No matter what was happening in her life she always found time to help others. She was known to never pass a stray cat without taking it in.
She is survived by her brothers, Michael Siegfried of Lodi, Joe (Merry Weeks) Siegfried of South San Francisco; nieces, Katie and Anne Siegfried of Lodi; and goddaughter, Amanda Fritz of Oakdale.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Joseph and Virginia Siegfried.
A rosary will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oakdale. A funeral mass will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, also at the church. A celebration of life will follow the funeral mass at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center, Oakdale.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Helping Hands of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Attn: YLI, P.O. Box 970, Oakdale, CA 95361.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
May 7, 2014