Diane Kay Leisy

Wonderful Mother and Beloved Wife, Diane Kay Leisy passed away in Wichita, Kansas on June 13, 2021.  

She was born on July 5, 1942, to Abe Klassen and Margaret Thiessen Klassen Neufeldt in Hutchinson, Kansas and grew up on a farm near Inman. Her father Abe passed away when Diane was only 6 years old. Her mother later remarried Art Neufeldt, and they moved to his farm near Inman.  

Diane attended Bethel College for two years where she met Jerry Leisy while sitting in the same row at daily chapel. Together they went on to KU, marrying on September 1, 1963, and graduating in 1964. Diane supported Jerry through his time at KU Medical School working as a high school English teacher.  

During their loving marriage and many travels, they raised and nurtured three beautiful daughters, and created a loving and joyful home. 

Diane was involved in many organizations including: PEO, Alliance Francaise, Designing Women, Sister Cities, and the Wichita Symphony, and attended Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church for many years before becoming a member of University Congregational Church in 1989, where she served on the music board. She formed many, many friendships that lasted a lifetime. 

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jerry; daughter, Susanne (Laurence) of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Aimee; grandson, Oliver of Wichita, Kansas; daughter, Elizabeth (Peter); granddaughter, Helena, and grandson, Henry of Brooklyn, New York; brother, Lowell Klassen of Wichita, Kansas; brother, Ronald Klassen of Westlake Village, California; brother, Roger Neufeldt of Norman, Oklahoma; and brother, Michael Neufeldt of Kansas City, Missouri. 

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Friday, June 25, 2021, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. A funeral service will be held at University Congregational Church in Wichita on June 26, at 11:00 a.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the UCC Music Student Scholarship Fund, 9209 E. 29th St. N., Wichita, KS 67226. 

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Posted online on June 17, 2021