Diane Bode Dinges Neukam

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It is with profound sadness we announce the untimely passing of Diane Claire Bode Dinges Neukam, 70, of Belleville, IL. Diane passed away after a brief battle with COVID-19 on December 12, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, with her children by her side.

Diane was born May 10, 1950 in Belleville, lived her wonderful childhood in O’Fallon, IL, before establishing her family in Belleville. She was an entrepreneur and co-founded Kid’s Kloset before becoming a medical transcriptionist for Belleville Memorial Hospital and eventually retiring from Oncology Care Center in Swansea.

Diane loved to travel, from weekends at the lake to resorts in the Caribbean, she loved beaches, sun and fun!  She enjoyed shows at The Fabulous Fox and Muny but loved a good concert at the amphitheater (Peter, Paul and Mary to Meatloaf to the Gaithers, live shows were her favorite). She loved fine dining as much as a hole in the wall but loved family meals at home more than either. She loved shopping, Von Maur, Dillards, Walmart, online…what else is open?  She had a green thumb and loved planting every spring. Diane enjoyed sharing experiences and making memories, for it was people that mattered to her; family, friends, love and laughter were paramount. She made everyone feel special and never knew a stranger, often developing life-long friendships that were more like family. Diane had a softness for animals, having an entire litter of kittens born in her lap…and yes, she kept every one! Diane cherished her family and her life revolved around them, but she had no greater joy and admiration than her grandchildren whom she was extremely proud of and loved dearly, beaming when she spoke of them.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth R. Neukam, Jr., whom she married October 20, 1995, and who died August 14, 2012; her parents, Howard and Lois, nee Schaefer, Bode; a brother, Howard Bode, Jr; and a sister-in-law, Mary Jean Dinges.

Surviving are her children, Sara (Steve) Shirk of Columbus, OH, Jack Dinges, Jr. of Belleville, IL, and Ann Marie Dinges of Swansea, IL; her former husband and father of her children, Jack P. (Elaine) Dinges, Sr.;

Laurie Neukam (Garett Stephens) of O’Fallon, MO, and Kelly (Jon) Bingheim of Belleville, IL and their mother Karen Neukam; eight precious grandchildren, Benjamin, Cameron, Parker, Pearse, Connor, Abigail, Brooke, and Taylor; a beloved sister, Carol Bode of O’Fallon, IL; a brother, Kent Bode of O’Fallon, IL;

two sisters-in-law, Sandee Green of Oregon, Dawn (Bob) Thiel of Collinsville, IL; two brothers-in-law, Thomas Dinges of Belleville, IL and Jerry (Barb) Dinges of Belleville, IL; numerous beloved nieces and nephews; and many treasured friends. We are forever grateful to her friend and caregiver, Gail Grossman.

To honor Diane, her family requests that everyone complete a “random act of kindness,” sharing the goodness and love she always demonstrated. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com .

A joyous gathering and celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Private burial at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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8 Comments on Diane Bode Dinges Neukam

Cindy and Terry Thomas and Kurt Henzell said : Guest Report Dec 21, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Sarah, Jack, and Ann Marie, We’re very sorry for the loss of your mother. A mother means so much that her passing leaves such a big void in your hearts. Your mother was a huge part of your every day life. She’ll be missed. You have our deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Colleen Mory said : Guest Report Dec 21, 2020 at 12:24 PM

I just heard of Diane's passing. I am in shock over this! What a wonderful woman she was! I worked with her at OCC. We had many laughs and wonderful times together. Please accept my deepest sympathy. 😪

  • O'FALLON
  • IL
Jean Sax Meyer said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2020 at 2:51 PM

This world certainly lost a gem...and heaven hit the jackpot. My heartfelt sympathies to all who loved Diane - especially her amazing and strong children. Fond memories of the St. Mary days and much laughter with Sara. I pray for comfort and peace to you all.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jane Klucker-Boyle said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2020 at 10:31 AM

I have fond memories of Diane as I spent the night many a weekend as a child with her kids Sara, Jack & Ann. Their home was fun and lively! A favorite memory of mine is when Sara & I were in an 8th grade pom-pom group that performed only once. Diane came to a practice and told us she was a pom-pom girl. She proceeded to show us she could still do the splits. I smile when I think of Diane with her kids. Peace and rest to all!

  • Carbondale
  • IL
Derek McIntyre said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2020 at 12:28 AM

So Sorry for the loss of Diane. Only met her one time at my mothers funeral earlier this year and she couldn't of been any nicer. I am saying a Prayer for Grandpa Jack and Grandma Elaine. To Ann, Jack Jr, Sara, and the many loved ones she has left behind. Your all in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lacey Arcos said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2020 at 8:25 PM

To my Best friend and your wonderful family... My heart aches for you all. Praying God's comfort and peace will cover you all now and always.. I love you and am only a call away.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lynda and Bob Renken said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2020 at 5:39 PM

Sara and family: we are so very sorry for your loss. Loving memories helps you get by in the days ahead. If you need anything, please call. With sincere heartfelt sympathy, Lynda and Bob Renken (Jeff Condo’s Mom)

  • East Peoria
  • Illinois
Kelly Bingheim said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2020 at 4:56 PM

Diane was a wonderful person who will be missed by many. I can hear you in my head calling me " honey." I know my dad was waiting for you, and now you are finally together again. I bet you were smiling from ear to ear when you saw each other. We love you, and will miss you dearly. Life will never be the same ❤

  • Belleville
  • IL

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