LOVELAND, Colo. -- Diann Dorothy (Brent) Hotovec, age 57, of Loveland, Colo., died peacefully at home on Feb. 26, 2006, surrounded by her family after a courageous 28-month battle with non-smokers lung cancer.
Diann was born Feb.18, 1949, in Emmetsburg, the daughter of Donald E. Brent, Sr. and Dorothy Caroline (Gosch) Brent of Pocahontas, the fifth of seven children. She married Jim Hotovec Aug. 3, 1968, in Pocahontas. She graduated from Pocahontas Community High School in 1967 and attended Morningside College in Sioux City.
After their marriage, Jim and Diann followed his career living in Ft. Dodge, Denison, Somers, Mason City and Merrill in Iowa and Marshall, Minn., before moving to Loveland, Colo., in 2002.
Diann raised her family while working part-time in Iowa and working for Schwans in Marshall for both the leasing division and telecommunications, making many friends throughout the United States. Diann was also a youth worker with the Merrill United Methodist Church and for five years at Wesley Methodist Church in Marshall, Minn. She was active in the AFS international student exchange program while in Minnesota, by hosting three exchange students through the years and sending her two daughters on exchange programs.
Diann was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Loveland. She loved to spend time with her family, to read, go for walks, and to fish with her husband Jim, who after 37 years of marriage always could make her laugh.
Diann's strength and courage during her illness was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.
Diann is survived by her high school sweetheart and loving husband, Jim, whose sense of humor brought laughter to her life; son Mathew Lee Hotovec, wife Penny and granddaughters Jenna and Abby of Powell, Wyoming; daughter Jennifer (Hotovec) and husband Michael Haug of Minneapolis, Minn.; daughter Codi (Hotovec) Delgadillo, husband Diego and grandson Julian of Loveland, Colo.; brothers Donald Brent, Jr. of Denver, Craig and Judy Brent of St. Francis, Kan.,, Rick and Sally Brent of Loveland; Barry and Sue Brent of LeMars; and sisters Cleo and Roger Hansen of Loveland; Julie and Arvin Nelson of Sergeant Bluff; her husband's parents, Florent and Pauline Hotovec of Loveland; brother-in-laws Rick and Jolene Hotovec of Spirit Lake; Marty and Kelly Hotovec of Phoenix, Ariz.; and sister-in-law Mary Kay and Roger Bollard of Flagstaff, Ariz. She is also survived by her exchange students, Clotilde Rey of Switzerland, Gutiera Varzari of Moldova, and Gabe of Italy, many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews all of whom held a special place in her heart.
Memorial service were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 6, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Loveland, with Pastor Judi Taylor officiating. Visitation with family present will be Sunday, March 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions will be sent to Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project, and Trinity United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo. 80537.