Diane Palosaari

CALUMET – Diane Palosaari, 52, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014, following a motorcycle accident with her close friend and soul mate, Gary “Snapper” Kapler.

Diane was a lifetime Michigan resident and lived in Calumet for the past 13 years. Diane loved her grandchildren, shooting pool, riding motorcycles and enjoying the outdoors with her pet dogs, Daisy, Harley and Sporty.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Ann Carter of Spring Branch, Texas; three children, Robert (Deanna) O’Connell of Lake Linden, John (Jennifer) O’Connell Jr. of Laurium and Candy O’Connell of Calumet; four sisters, Beth (Lars) Hiltunen of Calumet, Penny (Pat) Gray of Laurium, Roberta (Alan) Eldridge of Spring Branch, Texas and Jill Palosaari of Three Rivers, Michigan. Also surviving are grandchildren, Misty Dawn, Aurora, Victoria, Liberty, Robert Alan, Timothy, Abigail, Kaiden, Adrik, Robert Jr., Daiton and Aliea; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and her lifelong friends, Cat and Sherry.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Richard and Ann Palosaari; her father, Robert Palosaari; and grandson, Nevaeh.

Family, friends and anyone who knew Diane or Snapper are invited to a Celebration of Life at the Calumet Waterworks Township Park “Bucky’s” on Tuesday, June 10 at 3 p.m.

Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.