Jeanne B. Diessner

Jeanne Beverly Casey was born January 11th, 1927 and went home to be with the Lord on June 20th, 2012. She was born the daughter of Edith & William Casey. She had 2 siblings, Dorothy and Bill, who have preceded her in death. She is survived by brothers and sisters Frank, Terry, Larry, Judy and Allyn.

She grew up in Duluth and attended the University of Minnesota, graduating from nursing school in 1948.  While attending the University, she met a young orderly, Clinton Henry Diessner. They were married October 4th, 1949.

Having relocated to Seattle, Washington, she began her nursing career.  As a young nurse, she worked in orthopedics at Harborview Hospital.

In her youth she enjoyed hunting, camping and skiing. Her interest in history, genealogy, outer space and the search of knowledge continued throughout her life.  She was an avid reader, going through huge stacks of books every week.

Though raised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, she was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as an adult. Her love of God, and lifelong friendships in the Church were an important part of her life.

Shortly after coming to Seattle, the next chapter in her life was raising five children: Damon, Dan, Kathy, Eileen, and Genie.  Sadly, two of her sons, Brian and Paul, died as infants. Her career quickly changed to chief cook and bottle washer, story teller, taxi cab, tutor, baker and room mother. During that time she also worked as a Teacher’s Aid in the science departments of Finn Hill Jr. High and Juanita High Schools. In 1978 she returned to nursing where she ended her career, retiring from Cascade Plaza Assisted Living in Redmond, as the Head Nurse at the age of 72. (Of course, after “retirement” she went back to work as a part-time nurse, again at Cascade Plaza.)

To many she was, known by her birth name Jeanne; to some she was Jeannie… to others, “Mrs. D.”  To many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was simply….. “Bestie.” (Short for, Bestemor which means Grandmother in Norwegian)

Bestie loved God…. her friends… her dog Chaya…, books, art, culture, nature and football…, but mostly she loved her children, her grandchildren and her great grand children!

Many would say her greatest accomplishment in life was her career. Others would argue that being the greatest Mom; friend; sister in Christ; and maker of dreams were far more important.

She will be missed this side of Heaven….

But on the other side…..Oooh what a reunion!

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 16035 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. Please feel free to sign the on-line guest book, below.


5 Responses to “Jeanne B. Diessner”

  • Jon and Lorrie Moore says:

    To the entire Diessner Family
    You have our deepest condolences for your loss. Damon I know you and Laurie and Fidel spent many hours taking care of Bestie. I’m sure she appreciated everything you all did for her. I think she may be in a better place now.
    Jon and Lorrie Moore

  • Llonia Patterson says:

    To the entire Family,
    You have my deepest condelences for your loss, I never knew Mrs. Diessner, but I had the opportunity to work under her Daughter Kathy Brown, Director of FMD King County, and her love of Christ and humanity was shown through her daughter with her beautiful spirit. So, it’s no wonder Kathy is the way she is, your mother was an awesome Lady.
    Llonia Patterson

  • Linda Schmidt says:

    She sounded like an extraordinary woman and led a very extraordinary, blessed life. Wish I could have known her, but have the pleasure of knowing her daughter, Genie. My condolences to the entire the family. May all her great memories live on her childre, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  • Leslie Harper-Miles says:

    Dear Kathy and Family,
    Sending you prayers as you celebrate the life of your beloved mother and grandmother. You are blessed to have lived with such a strong and interesting woman. And she is blessed to have such a wonderful legacy in all of you. May God keep you during this time of transition.
    With love and blessings,
    Leslie and Nate Miles

  • Francine Greenway says:

    My family and I knew your family when you lived across the street from us in Magnolia. I was sorry to learn that Jeanne had passed a few years ago, I hope that she did not suffer. She was sweet and kind and loving, and possesed a good sense of humor. When Genie was born, she told me that she named her after my cat “Jeanie”! I am so glad to know that all of her children have done so well in life. God bless all of you as you move forward in your lives. Sincerely, Francine, Paulette, and Bill and family.

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