Dianne Wagner Bingaman

Dianne Wagner Bingaman, 86, a lifelong resident of Hinsdale and Western Springs, passed away peacefully with family at her side Feb. 2, 2024, at The Birches in Clarendon Hills.

She was born in Salem, Wis., to Eleanor and Leo Wagner. Dianne graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Education with academic honors and a minor in botany. She was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Her teaching career began in Madison as a new graduate. In 1960 she married Robert Bingaman, who grew up in Western Springs, where they moved to and started a family. Dianne taught first grade for 35 years, retiring from Cass Elementary School in 2004. During this time, she completed a master's degree in elementary education from Roosevelt University. She served as a member of the AAUW and has been a lifelong member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Clarendon Hills.

Dianne was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a loving sister to her brother Edward. She loved to travel the world with her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Chuck, the United States with her sister, Mary, and spending time with her sister, Ellen, and her husband, Tom, as well as her brother, Mike, and his wife, Sarah.

She had a quick wit and a fantastic work ethic. You could always count on her to take on a big job and be a helper in getting a big task done. She loved to read and cook, frequently bringing meals to neighbors in need. She loved her many godchildren and making Jack Daniel's crab soup for Charlie and Beth's family. She enjoyed playing bridge and Euchre and going on Art Institute outings. Most of all, she loved watching the news and talking about the market.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Bingaman, and her sister, Ellen Lois.

She is survived by her children, Lee (Scott) Gillman of Hinsdale and James; her grandchildren, Emma and Elise; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.

A funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1704 240th Ave., Brighton, Wis.

Interment will follow, and then a reception.

In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of choice.