Diane Aline Wessel (Banthin) passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 22nd, 2016


Diane Aline Wessel (Banthin) passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Edna, and her sister, Joanne. She is survived by her husband, Henry “Doc” Wessel; three children, Henry (Julie) Wessel, Laura (Tom) Takasaki and Aline (Adam) Cox; and six grandchildren, Kyle, Logan, Mark, Kate, Annika and Allison.
She graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood in 1963, where she was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1967, where she served as president of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She earned her master’s degree from Roosevelt University. Diane enjoyed 47 years of marriage to Doc. They lived in Addison for over 40 years.

Diane taught at Proviso West High School in Hillside for decades. During her tenure, she taught English, oversaw the Profile newspaper and served as the English department chairperson. After retirement, she continued to teach an ACT preparation class.

She was an active member of a Glen Ellyn chapter of P.E.O.

Diane loved going to the theater with her husband, shopping with her daughters and daughter-in-law, playing games and spending time with her grandchildren, reading books for book club and going to lunch with friends.

Services were held at Brust Funeral Home in Lombard and interment was at Acacia Park Cemetery in Chicago.


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  1. Mary McCormick Adams says:

    Diane and I were friends at Proviso East. I have fond memories of our shared reading of The Scarlet Letter. She could make everything fun! I know you all will miss her.

  2. Terry Sula says:

    Diane’s classmates from Lindop School in Broadview and Proviso East in Maywood have been talking about her on Facebook ever since we heard the news of her passing. Some of us saw her in 2013 at the 50th high school reunion and were very glad to see her after so many years. I think we all agree that Diane was one of the kindest, nicest and smartest members of our class. Deepest sympathies to her family.

  3. Joel Schick says:

    I’m so sorry to see this news. I always liked Di back when I worked with her on the Pageant. And I always liked Doc, when we sat together in Human Behavior class at Northwestern in ’63-64. As sorry as I was to hear about Di’s passing, I was really happy to learn that these two nice and very smart, interesting people had found each other and shared so many years together. All best to you, Doc–and I’m sorry for your loss. J

  4. Greg Mazzei says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. The Banthins were our next door neighbors growing up. We have many fond memories of hanging out on the front porch with our families, catching fireflies after dark, playing tag in the yard, and then Mr. Banthin or our Dad would take us to Cock Robin for a treat. I also remember when she first started dating “Doc”. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. The whole Banthin family was very special to us.

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