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Diane F. Bainter

Diane Flanigan Bainter, 76, Indianapolis, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Indianapolis.

Born Sept. 5, 1937, in English, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Mary Thornbury Flanigan.

She graduated from Indiana University with Bachelor of Science and masterís degrees in elementary education, taught at I.P.S. School 60 for five years before teaching for the U.S. Dept. of Defense schools in the Philippines and Germany. She later taught for the Lawrence Township school system at Skiles Test Elementary School for more than 15 years and retired from teaching in 2004. Along with a parent at the school, she was instrumental in establishing a public park in Indianapolis, saving 80 to 100 acres of land from Skiles Testís estate, that offered nature studies opportunities for the students. She also received many teaching awards and was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by then-Gov. Joe Kernan.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia; a stepdaughter, Marcia Kirkpatrick; and a step-grandson, Kyle.

Survivors include her husband, Jack J. Bainter; two sons, Jason and Jeffrey; two stepsons, Stephan and David; a sister, Kathleen Rhodes; four brothers, John, Mike, Tim and Mark; a step-grandson; and two step-great-granddaughters.

Memorial service: Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at Crestwood Village West in Indianapolis with inurnment later at the Jennings (Kan.) Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the Jennings Methodist Church, Jennings, KS 67643.

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    My Aunt Diane
    October 23, 2013 | 12:11 PM

    Last year at this time I received a lovely birthday card from Diane. She wrote a wonderful, heartfelt message to me. I will keep and cherish that card forever. Diane introduced me to some of life's interesting little pleasures, like fondue, long strands of licorice, and pretty things from faraway places. I loved Diane. I know that she is now at peace with our beloved Pat.

    Linda Flanigan
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