We are sad to announce that at 4 A.M. on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at the age of 78, Dian Lee Bank of Montgomery, Illinois passed away surrounded by her beloved family. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.
On February 19, 1966, Dian married James F. Bank Sr. at the St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago, Illinois. Jim and Dian traveled extensively throughout the United States, often while conducting genealogical research. The study of the history of past and present family members was a purpose and a passion that Dian pursued for more than 50 years. As such, she was an active member of the Aurora Illinois Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In less than six years’ time, Dian discovered more than six patriot ancestors and, even more remarkable, one of those patriots was a woman. For 30 years, Dian was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Bank Service Company, est. 1958, until it closed in 1997. She was also employed for many years in management at retail stores across the Fox River Valley – including Hallmark, JCPenney, Macy’s, Marshall Field’s, and The Children's Place – eventually retiring to care for her husband and her grandchildren.
Dian was preceded in death by her loving parents, LeRoy Robert Fletcher and Martha Fern Fletcher (Scanlan); and her sibling, Robert John Fletcher.
She is survived by her husband James F. Bank Sr.; her children, Cheryl A. Rausch (Richard) of Lombard, IL, Pamela L. Reid (James) of Sandwich, IL, and James F. Bank Jr. (Kerry) of Earlville, IL. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
According to Dian’s wishes, there would be no public visitation or funeral. A private viewing and graveside service for immediate family members was held on Friday, February 3, 2023 at the Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home & Cemetery in Oak Lawn, IL.
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