Danae Lanette Osborn, 41, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2023, surrounded by her family and friends at Pleasant View Home in Inman. She courageously and graciously fought cancer since 2015.
Danae was born July 17, 1981, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Loren and Cheryl (Suderman) Wiens. She grew up with one older brother, Brett Wiens, and one younger sister, Tara (Wiens) Oswald.
Danae loved children, which led to babysitting jobs. By second grade, without wavering, she decided to become an elementary teacher. Danae graduated from Buhler High School in 2000 and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bethel College in Newton in 2004. Danae taught for four years as a first-grade teacher at Hesston Elementary.
On June 17, 2006, Danae was united in marriage to Justin Osborn at Bethel Mennonite Church in Inman. They met at a mutual friend’s wedding. They were married for 16 years. Their marriage was blessed with four children: Cade, Cole, Corynn and Cambry. Danae enjoyed the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom. When their oldest reached school age, she continued her passion of teaching by homeschooling. She said, “I gave up a great job for the best job—a teacher AND a mom all in one.” As the kids grew older, it was important to Danae that they learned not only academics but faith and character, as well. She really enjoyed attending her kids’ activities. Even when her health was compromised, she was determined to attend every event even when it meant going in a wheelchair.
Danae’s faith and involvement in their church were important to her. She accepted Christ when she was 6 years old with Sarah Thiessen’s guidance at Wednesday night church. Danae, along with her husband, Justin, served as youth sponsors for many years at Bethel Mennonite Church. They currently attend Journey Mennonite in South Hutchinson.
Danae will be remembered and cherished for so many wonderful attributes. Danae loved others well and put others’ needs before her own. She lived her life with so much gratitude. Her heart and home were always open to those around her, and she always looked for the best in others. Danae is known for her faithfulness, gentle spirit, genuine personality, compassionate heart, dependability and perseverance.
Survivors include her husband, Justin; four children, Cade, Cole, Corynn, and Cambry, of the home; mother, Cheryl Friesen, and spouse Raymond Friesen, Inman; brother, Brett (Jill) Wiens, McPherson; sister, Tara (Nate) Oswald, Buhler; mother and father-in-law, Pam and Steve Osborn, Harrisonville, Mo.; brother-in-law, Joel Osborn, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; grandmother, Mildred Leeper, Buhler; nephews, Josiah Osborn and Levi Osborn; nieces McKenzie Osborn, Presley Osborn, Tryn Oswald, Bree Oswald; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Loren Wiens; and grandparents, Milton and Erma Jane (Regehr) Wiens, and Richard Suderman.
The family received family and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Inman Funeral Home, 312 E Center St, Inman. The Celebration of Life service was at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Journey Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson. Services were live-streamed on Inman Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family for Cade, Cole, Corynn and Cambry’s education fund or made to Journey Mennonite Church. To leave a condolence for the family, visit www.inmanfh.com.