Diana Lynn Fleek Cross
February 12, 1952 – April 25, 2021
Born in Jamestown, New York to David Neil Fleek, Jr. and Patricia Bartling Fleek, Diana, her parents, and her sister Pamela Ruth lived in nearby Corry, Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, and Diana remained in the Indianapolis area for the rest of her life. As she grew up, she was joined by her other beloved siblings David Neil, Julia Kay, and Lisa Ann. She attended school in Indianapolis, graduating from North Central High School in 1970. Diana also attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. One of her favorite jobs was selling specialty stationary on university campuses across the South and Midwest.
Diana’s favorite times included sunny days on the White River and overlooking the natural beauty and wildlife around her home. She enjoyed traveling, attending antique car shows, and auto races … including the Indianapolis 500. One of her lifelong memories was attending the Beatles’ historic 1964 concert at the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Diana had a zest for life and loved gathering with her family and many friends. Her family sincerely appreciated the special care that Diana gave her mother, in Patricia’s later years. Diana had a twinkle in her eye as she drove her red Corvette, and that twinkle continued with her Jeep. She loved being accompanied by her Yorkshire terriers Spunky, Little Lady, and Butchie.
She was predeceased by her parents, David Neil Fleek, Jr. and Patricia Bartling Fleek. She is survived by three sisters and a brother: Pamela (James) Morgan of Greenwood, South Carolina, David (Nobuko) Fleek of Huntington Beach, California, Julia (Cory) Lupinacci of Wixom, Michigan, and Lisa Meador (Tom) of Indianapolis.
She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews, who all shared a close affection with her: Patricia Ruth Morgan, Jacqueline Ann Morgan, Daniel Hiro Fleek, Jennifer Hana Fleek, Jessica Lupinacci (Austin) Dobbs, Kevin Andrew Lupinacci, Justin Samuel Meador, and Thomas David Meador. Cherishing her memory include dear friends Sam Boll and Janice Kitson.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to “IndyHumane”, the Humane Society of Indianapolis, which has been protecting animals since 1905. For more information, see https://indyhumane.org/.
Friends may visit at Leppert Funeral Chapel, 740 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, May 1st starting at 1:00 PM, with a memorial service following at 2:00 PM.
- Humane Society of Indianapolis
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Diana Lynn Fleek Cross
May 5, 2021
I first met Diane Fleek in the 9th grade at Northview Jr. High in Indianapolis. She was a beautiful young girl and always smiling. She was very smart in school and I remember she was artistic. We went out on dates the second half of the school year and I guess you could say we went "steady"...but I don't think that is a current term today. Diane taught me to slow dance and while I was a little nervous at first it was thrilling to dance with this beautiful girl. At Christmastime of our 9th grade year I thought I should get her a present. I went to the jewelry store and the lady there suggested that I buy her a small golden cross with a gold chain. I liked that idea and was excited to give it to her. When I gave her the little box that it came in she was surprised and immediately opened it. She stared at the necklace and started to cry! I said, " I wanted to get you something for Christmas...I'm sorry you don't like it!" She playfully smacked me and said...."I'm crying because I love it!"---Well, that made me feel good that she was so pleased. At the end of the school year we parted ways for the summer. The next year we went to North Central High School and we still remained friends. I would send her a valentines card each year and she would always find me at school and give me a hug. She was a darling girl and I loved her for her personality, spirit and friendship. I was hoping to see her at our 50th high school reunion this fall. I will always remember her..."Smile for me...my Diane"!
April 30, 2021
A donation was made to the Indianapolis Humane Society in honor and memory of Diana Lynn Fleek Cross by Julia Lupinacci’s work family at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The MACO, MASLT and CRT teams.