On January 7, 2014 a beautiful and beloved woman, Dianne G. Fiebelkorn, 70, passed peacefully in her home to be with her Lord amidst her loving family. She was born August 22, 1943, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Edwin B. Carvalho and Anne (Fernandez) Carvalho.
Dianne grew up in Hilo, Hawaii with her parents and younger brother, Kenneth. Dianne graduated in 1961 from St. Joseph's High School in Hilo. She moved to the Portland, Ore. area to attend Marylhurst College, graduating from there in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Dianne moved back to Hilo in 1973 to be closer to her family. In 1982, when the economy in Hilo was declining, her family and her brother's family decided to move together to the mainland. They all moved to the San Jose, Calif. area but only lasted there one year. San Jose was too much of a culture shock for families coming from the little town of Hilo, Hawaii. In 1983 Dianne and her brother, Ken, and their families decided to move together to Medford, Ore. which had more of the small town feel that they were used to. In Medford, in 1994, Dianne met and married her love, Fred Fiebelkorn.
Dianne started her career as a teacher. She taught in a Christian elementary school in Keaau, Hawaii. When she moved to Oregon she became a licensed insurance agent, working for Farmers Insurance and later in the insurance department of AAA in Medford. Her last position was as a funeral director apprentice at Perl Funeral Home in Medford, Ore.
Dianne's life revolved around her first love, her family. Growing up in a very musical family (her great-grandfather started the Hawaii County Band in 1884, in Hilo, Hawaii). Dianne loved music, singing, playing guitar, and dancing. She danced in a professional clogging group made up of family and friends, called Country Flash. Dianne absolutely loved traveling. She went on several fabulous cruises with family and friends and enjoyed driving around several states with her husband, Fred. She also enjoyed traveling back to Hawaii to visit family and friends, and sometimes just to play tourist in Kona and on islands other than the one she grew up on. Dianne was a fabulous cook. She liked watching the cooking shows on TV, and getting new recipes online to try out on her family.
Dianne was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Fred; her brother, Kenneth (Jeannine) Carvalho; her children, Denise (Curt) Barnes, Donna (Arlen) Heath, and Ed Rapoza; six grandchildren, Amberly Pierce, Andrew Pierce, Cheyene Heath, Richard Wolgamott, Taylor Wolgamott, and Heather Cissna; three great-grandsons, Keyton Pierce, Derrick Batten, and Jeremy Cissna; and one nephew, Neill (Ellen) Carvalho.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Perl Funeral Home in Medford, Ore.