Dianne Cordes Obituary

Death of Dianne Cordes

      We are deeply saddened to inform you that Dianne Cordes passed away last Thursday evening (25th May 2017) after a long and courageous battle. Her funeral, attended by over 300 people, was held on Wednesday 30th July at St Columba's Church, Hawthorn.

      Dianne was a founding member of KIPA, opening her home at Belair for the inaugural meeting of KIPA in 1983 and catering for afternoon tea in the garden.  The Association believes that until debilitated by her illness, Dianne had attended every meeting and AGM, every social or historical event, many of the K.I. Settlement Day Ceremonies and Cemetery memorial unveilings.  She was of great assistance with the “Birthplace of S.A.” campaign in 1991. 

      In 2008 Dianne was awarded Life Membership of KIPA, the first occasion where the Executive Committee resolved to make this award to a partner in their own right.  It recognised and thanked Dianne for a quarter of a century of loyal support, hard work, and unstinting interest in the work of the Association, and expressed the appreciation of the Association for a quiet achiever who forms the backbone of such a successful organisation.

      Despite her illness Dianne continued to support the Association, even managing to attend our AGM in March this year.  She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and the Association.

      Our condolences and thoughts are with Dene and his family.