Diann Kraft


Diann Lynn Kraft, age 68, of Bismarck, died on September 3, 2021.

She was born in Bismarck on July 4, 1953, to Lynn and Rose (Dworshak) Gilman. Diann graduated from Bismarck High School in 1971. Then she went on to attend Bismarck Junior College, graduating with an A.A. degree in 1973. In 1975, she graduated from Minot State College with a B.S. degree in elementary education. She married Gary Kraft in April 1975. Together they had two sons, Justin and Travis.

They moved to Davenport, Iowa in 1977 where she taught at Holy Trinity Catholic School. Upon returning to Bismarck, she taught at Apple Creek School for 37 years. After retiring she continued to sub in the rural area schools.

She is survived by her husband Gary, children Justin (Sara) St. Joseph Mo, Travis (Imabelle) Bismarck, grandchildren Augustine, Gianna, Gabriel, Dominic, Erin, Kade Bronson, and one brother, Victor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 pm, Thursday, September 9 at Church of St. Anne, Bismarck with a Rosary at 3:30 pm.  For those unable to attend, a live streaming of the service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home and Crematory Facebook page.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck.  Following burial, a family and friends’ get-together will be held at 7 pm at Capital Christian Center in Bismarck.

To view a recording of the service click here.


Saddened by Diann’s too-early death. Words fail as we remember & celebrate Diann: kind, generous, caring, bright, talented, thoughtful, someone we counted on, dedicated teacher/principal, unassuming, loving. Diann loved time with her children/grandkids. Holding you all tenderly in prayer: Gary, Justin, Sara and children, Travis, Imabelle and children – all who love Diann. We will miss her. Deeply sorry for your loss. Wish I could be there. Sister Katherine Kraft, OSB

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