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Diane Rosella Barthel McCann, 85, of Albertville, MN, passed away on June 24, 2023. Diane was born on December 23, 1937, to Lambert and Margaret Barthel in Otsego Township. Beloved wife of Vince — married 65 years — and loving mother of four children: daughters Joyce and Ellie; sons Jeff and Ron.

A favorite story of Diane from a young age was her first trip across town at the age of 5 years old. She hopped on the back of her pal Ralph Scherber’s tricycle (6 years old) on a mission to get his boots traveling from Albertville with a destination goal of Rogers, MN (a distance of 8 miles). They made it past Millside Tavern a few miles away from home, quite the distance for these young explorers! This was just the beginning of Diane’s many travels and adventures throughout her life, always with Vince at her side.

St. Albert’s Catholic school is where Diane attended grade school. She went to Elk River High School for 9th grade and enjoyed playing intramural basketball during her lunch hour. Diane then continued her education and graduated from St. Michael Catholic High School where she sang in the choir…and caught the eye of Vince McCann!

Diane could do anything, wearing many other hats (and coordinated outfits) throughout her lifetime in addition to her favorite roles as wife, mother, and grandmother. Prior to their marriage, she worked at the Northwestern National Bank in Minneapolis. It was her fun colleagues at the bank that hosted her bridal shower. In high school she did housework, picked and cleaned eggs, cooked and cleaned — all for $12 per week. Diane was the lunch Mom at school, a kindergarten aid, Girl Scout Cookie Chairman, Cub Scout leader, hockey Mom, and Eucharistic Minister. For many years she belonged to the Christian Mothers Group at church, a bible study group, the Red Hat Society, and spent over 15 years volunteering at hospital gift shops in both Bentonville, AR and Anoka, MN.

Together, Diane and Vince lived an active life and had a wide range of interests they enjoyed together. They both loved music and dancing, which led them to attend local dances flowing across the floor like Fred Estaire and Ginger Rogers. A highlight for them was polka dancing at the state capitol. They took up golf once the kids were old enough to stay home alone and belonged to many golf and bowling leagues in the different communities where they lived. While Vince was a golf course superintendent, they traveled the country on wonderful trips where they would get to play more golf and meet all kinds of interesting people. Diane’s first time on a plane was at the age of 37 when they went to Anaheim, CA. Other destinations included Orlando, New Orleans, Phoenix, Nashville, San Antonio, Birmingham, and Dallas. Through the years, the joy of travel near and far was such a central theme. Camping with family took on the best of the best in local travel, combining all the things Diane and Vince love: family, bonfires, weenie roasts, and just being present in nature with the ones you love.

Diane is predeceased by sister Donna Blood and brother Melvin Barthel. She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband Vince McCann; brother Marsen (Terri) Barthel; daughters Joyce (Martin) Sager and Ellen (Ellie) McCann; sons Jeffrey (Cathy) McCann and Ronald (Rita) McCann; grandchildren Emily, Kahle, Marie, Stephanie, Amy, Andrew, Jacob, Katie M., Katie W. and Zach; great grandchildren Logan, Conor, Hayden, Finley, Millie, Savannah, Artie, Sienna.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2023 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael-Albertville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be the following day on June 29, 2023 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at St. Albert’s Church in Albertville (11400 57th St NE). The Mass will be livestreamed via the church website: 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Suzanne Radtke

    So sorry for your loss. Heaven has received an angel to watch over all of you.
    With love,
    Suzanne & Bob Radtke

  2. Janice Rasmussen

    Ellie and family,
    Your mom was a wonderful women who was so dedicated to her family. She sounds like such a treasure. What a legacy she has left. We are here for you, as you grieve this huge loss.

  3. Jim Vorderbruggen

    I always felt she was one of the most wonderful ladies to come out of Albertville. Ahe always had a great attitude. You were very blessed to have her for a mom, wife and grandmother.


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