With her magnificent sense of humor, Diane Ellison-Haak had the ability to make people laugh.
“She was able to keep all who knew her in stitches with her sharp, quick wit,” her sister Debra Ellison said. “She was hilariously funny.”
Ellison-Haak, 54, of Munster, also was a walking encyclopedia of information about nutrition, vitamins and food.
“People would gravitate to her for that reason,” Ellison said. “When she would be in a grocery store or health food store, people would come up and ask questions. She had that sense about her.”
Ellison said her sister’s friend and former husband, Russ Haak, was a source of comfort for Ellison-Haak and “always there for her through thick and thin.”
A Munster High School and Purdue University graduate, Ellison-Haak held a variety of jobs throughout her life, including student teaching and working in banking and retail.
With a passion for animals, the highlight of her youth was her horse, Tursk, a gift from her grandparents.
“She loved to ride and spend time at the stables,” Ellison said.
Kicked in the head by another person’s horse, Ellison-Haak later suffered adult-onset epilepsy, her sister said.
Ellison-Haak took great pride in her cooking skill. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, walking, reading and traveling to warm climates.
“She loved it when it was sunny and warm,” Ellison said.
A country music fan, Ellison-Haak was at her best in blue jeans.
“She looked great in them, just a simple elegant look,” Ellison said.
Ellison said she and her sister were “like two peas in a pod.”
“We had a genuine sisterly bond through thick and thin,” she said.