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Locals Mourn DFL Chair Diane Hellie

March 23, 2018 09:31 AM

(ABC 6 News) – Locals are mourning the passing of a well-known influential DFL’er.

Diane Hellie died Wednesday following several health issues. She is known for her activism in politics and community events. Most recently she served as chair of the DFL's Olmsted 25.

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Hellie was also involved in local science fairs, film fests and earned a DFL Women of Distinction award in 2012. She was also a member of AAUW, League of Women Voters, and volunteered for Christmas Anonymous. 

Kim Norton, who worked with Hellie, says she will be very much missed.

"Diane was just one of those people who if there was a job to do, Diane stepped up and did it. She was a constant volunteer. Very caring individual. Very invested in her community,” said Norton.

Local DFL’ers and others honored Hellie’s life on Thursday by meeting at the Dunn Brothers on Elton Hills Drive. They say it was a place she liked to frequent and have coffee.

A visitation will be on Sunday afternoon at Rochester Christ United Methodist Church at one o'clock and memorial services will follow.

Hellie was 61 years old. 

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