Alberta Diamond 1931-2020
Alberta L. Diamond, 88, formerly of Mankato, died Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at The Pines in Holton.
She was born Dec. 25, 1931, in Jewell County, the daughter of Clifton and Lillie Howell Dunn. She attended Steuben Elementary School and was a 1949 graduate of Mankato High School. She was a 1950 graduate of Brown Mackie School of Business in Salina.
Mrs. Diamond worked at Rural Electric from 1950 to 1951 and was a bookkeeper at Beardmore Motors from 1954 to 1955. She later worked at the Dreamliner Motel from 1973 to 1976 and also at the local Frontier Café. She also worked for Kramer Furniture and Melby Mortuary until retiring in 1992.
She was a member of Mankato Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school, played piano and made church bulletins. She also volunteered at the Senior Citizens Center, delivered Meals on Wheels and was a longtime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
She married Hank Henry Diamond on Aug. 15, 1951, at Mankato Christian Church. He died Dec. 21, 1992. She also was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Lillie Dunn; and four sisters, Faye Braden, Beulah Dunn, Audrey Coffman and Neva Maag.
Survivors include three daughters, Belinda Kneisler, Hoyt, Denise Kneisler and husband Robert, Mayetta, and Pamela Kramer and husband Kenneth, Goff; a son, John (Jay) Diamond, Holton; 11 grandchildren, Kenneth Kneisler and wife Shelley, Bridget Fulkerson and husband Jason, Clinton Burger, Jason Ross and wife Amy, Kelly Kneisler, Darby Kneisler and wife Kristin, Kyle Kramer and wife Krista, Brittney Quelch and husband Jason, Bethany Ohlsen and husband Robert, Brooke Callaway and fiancé Bryan Randa, Kaitlyn Dunn and husband Nick; 21 great-grandchildren and two on the way; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at Melby Mortuary in Mankato with Pastor Thaddeus Hinkle officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary, with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mankato Christian Church, sent in care of Melby Mortuary, P.O. Box 384, Mankato, KS 66956.