Diane Elizabeth Kraemer

Diane Elizabeth Kraemer

January 18, 1946 - March 29, 2018
San Juan Capistrano CA

Diane Elizabeth Kraemer

January 18, 1946 - March 29, 2018
San Juan Capistrano CA


Diane Elizabeth Kraemer, 1946-2018

Diane Elizabeth Kraemer, 72, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in San Juan Capistrano, California of metastatic breast cancer.  She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 18, 1946, one of three children of Inez and Kenneth Owen.  Diane was an expert fisherman and knitter, quilter, an accomplished fine artist, and a lover of her dogs Yorba and Paco.  Diane had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and was a voracious reader.   She was a member of a book club that met faithfully for over two decades.

Diane attended Richfield High School in Minnesota and participated on the dance team and acted as Annie in “The Miracle Worker.”  She was always an excellent student.  Diane’s favorite sport was ice skating, and she could easily do leaps and twirls.

Diane began college at the University of Minnesota, where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma.  Diane graduated from the University of Arizona with an English degree in 1968.

Diane began working as a teenager after school and during the summers, selling fashionable clothes. Diane continued working in retail in Hawaii, then in commercial real estate.   Her expertise in restaurant site location and leasing garnered Diane a superb reputation representing Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken and The Koll Company.  Diane also worked for FKC Partners, a real estate development company located in Southern California, where she became the top commercial leasing agent. After retiring from real estate, Diane turned her love of art and fashion into a new business, repurposing beautiful vintage Japanese kimonos into wearable designs.  The company Kiana created artful pieces that sold in boutiques around the globe.

While traveling to Southern California on business, Diane met Gilbert U. Kraemer, Jr.  through mutual friends Karen and Thomas Capehart.  Diane and Gil were married on December 28, 1979. Diane and Gil loved the outdoors, and shared many common interests.  Their fishing exploits were legendary.  Diane was an honorary and lifetime member of the Balboa Angling Club and Laguna Niguel Billfish Club.  Diane and Gil were blessed to enjoy extensive travel throughout the world.  Their favorite destinations would always include Hawaii and Mexico.

Diane leaves her brother, Jeffrey (Linda); sister, Patty; niece, Lindsey (Patrick); great nephew, Rowan; great niece, Caroline; daughter Leslie (Jim); sons, Jimmy, predeceased, Paul (Tamra), Steve (Sarah); and eight grandchildren Christopher (Felicia), Allison, Mackenzie (Justin), Sidney, Riley, Warren, Coleman, Claire; and four great grandchildren, Billy, Jack, Gracie, and Noelle.  She also leaves her devoted friend and caregiver, Allain Alinin, who also cared for Gil.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane, N. Golden Valley, MN  55422 and/or the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA  92651.

Diane’s burial service will occur on Monday, April 9 at 10am:  Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, 7845 East Santiago Road, Orange, California.  Immediately following the service, Moreno’s Mexican Restaurant, 4328 East Chapman, Orange.

Celebrate Diane’s wonderful life, enriched by beautiful friendships, on Saturday, June 2 at 5pm:  L’Hirondelle Restaurant, 31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California.


Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: April 09, 2018 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery
  • Location: 7845 E. Santiago Canyon Orange, CA 92869 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (714) 532-6551


  • Date & Time: April 09, 2018 (11:30 AM)
  • Venue: Moreno's Restaurant
  • Location: 4328 E. Chapman Avenue Orange, CA 92869 - (Get Directions)

Celebration Of Life

  • Date & Time: June 02, 2018 (5:00 PM)
  • Venue: L'Hirondelle Restaurant
  • Location: 31631 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 661-0425

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1 responses to Diane Elizabeth Kraemer

  1. We are so sorry to hear about Diane. She was a friend and customer for many years of paper annex in San Juan Capistrano. We went through all her ups and downs
    She will be greatly missed. Rip

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