Diane H. Walsh

  • Born: October 2, 1942
  • Died: June 12, 2016
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

505 1st Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Diane H. Walsh, age 73 of Sterling, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, June 12, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her immediate family, after being visited the last few weeks by so many dear friends and family members.

Diane was born on October 2, 1942 in West Palm Beach, FL, the daughter of William H. and Margaret (Rood) Small, Jr. She married Robert Walsh, Sr. on August 19, 1959 in Las Vegas, NV. She loved her home "At Long Last" where she spent much of her time with her horses, gardening, and painting.

Survivors include her husband, Bob; her children, Robert (Kim) Walsh, Jr. of Rock Falls, Deb (Ron) Schulte of Dixon, Diane Wheeler of Ocala, FL and Ronald (Jill) Walsh of Bradford, IL; her sister, Barbara (DeWalter) Adams of San Diego, CA; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one great grandchild.

Cremation rites have been accorded with the McDonald Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Prairieville Cemetery in Sterling.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry to Hear of Diane's passing
I will say a prayer for her and all of the family

Grew up with all you guys know that my heart Aches for you all
God Bless

Posted by Tomi Johnson - Ormond Beach FL - Friend   June 24, 2016

We are deeply saddened at the loss of your loved one, Diane Walsh. Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family. May your memories and faith bring you peace at this difficult time.

The both of you were truly young of heart and it was a joy seeing the two of you together - it was so clear that you were deeply in love with each other.

With respect and gratitude,
Mike, Mia, Michelle and Melanie Kerz

Posted by Mike and Mia Kerz - IL - Friend   June 22, 2016

Today and always, may loving memories bring you strength, comfort & peace. My condolences to you and the family.

Posted by Felipe Ranjel - Houston, TX - Friend   June 18, 2016


Diane (Ma) will be missed dearly, she made me laugh and was always in a great mood. She was always fun to be around. Bob and Ron always knew how to get her laughing and is just a wonderful family.

Posted by Tim & Brenda Pritchard - Morrison, IL - Friend   June 16, 2016


Great sorrow came to me when I read of Diane's passing. The entire Walsh family has been like a second family to me from way back in our "younger years". Even though years have passed since those days, I have many, many memories that I carry with me every day.

Diane was a wonderful, kind person, and I feel honored to have known her.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers these days.

Posted by Brad Kunde - Sterling, IL - Friend   June 15, 2016

We are so saddened to hear about Diane's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you.

Posted by Marvin & Kathleen Pursell - Rock Falls, IL - Friend   June 15, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss, Diane. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Susan Frost - Sterling, IL - Coworker   June 14, 2016

My condolences to the entire Walsh family from a long ago neighbor. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by Kerry (Wigginton) Lin - Rockford, IL - Neighbor   June 14, 2016

So sorry to hear of your Mom,s passingvwiex

Posted by Rosemary O,Brien - Sterling, IL - Friend   June 14, 2016

Prairieville School memories

Posted by William (Bill) & Denise Johnson - Rock Falls, IL - Friend   June 14, 2016

I spent many days and night at the Walsh home as Ron is my best friend. Ron and I had so much fun together.

I became very close with Bob and Diane. Went to many a canoe race and drove the motor home.

Diane was the kindest person and a wonderful mother. She had to be with Ron and I trying to stay out of trouble.

I had the pleasure of spending time with her a couple of months ago. It was nice to see her laugh.

She will be missed.

Posted by Mark & Joan McDonnell - Iowa City, IA - Friend   June 14, 2016


Diane was a very special friend who was always there for me in good times and in bad. I have so many great memories with this wonderful family dating back to1971. I am blessed that my path crossed with the Walsh's.

Posted by Jan and Herb Jennings - DeLand, FL - Friend   June 14, 2016