Diana Marie Labus Heiskell, 70, of Noblesville, entered into her eternal rest with her Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 8, 2017. She was born on March 4, 1947 to Roger Harry and Mildred Marie (Krukemeier) Labus in Tiffin, Ohio.
Diana was a 1965 graduate of Lancaster High School in Lancaster, OH, and received a BS in Elementary Education from Capital University in Columbus, OH in 1969, and a Master in Education with a specialty in reading instruction from University of Louisville in 1976.
Diana was passionate for her family and married her beloved husband of 49 years, Robert Eugene (Bob) Heiskell, on July 20,1968, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lancaster. She loved and nurtured their two children, Christina Marie (Christy), born on Mother's Day in 1971, and Robert Andrew (Andy), born on Father's Day in 1973. She loved and adored their four grandchildren, Jacob Daniel (Jake) Fulton, Samuel John (Sam) Fulton, Aidan Robert Heiskell, and Sydney Leigh Heiskell. She hopes to leave to them a legacy of love for Jesus Christ.
Diana loved children and volunteered as a child advocate for Compassion International, a child sponsorship organization serving children in developing countries in the name of Jesus Christ. She was privileged to teach third and fourth graders at North Elementary School in Noblesville for nineteen years, from 1984 until her retirement in 2003. Preceding that, Diana taught third, fourth, and fifth graders in Louisville, KY at Highview Baptist Christian School and St. Matthews Elementary School. Over the years, she taught Sunday School at St. John Lutheran Church in Louisville, and Christ the Savior Lutheran Church in Fishers.
Diana was an active member of Christ The Savior Lutheran Church where she served as congregational president, church council member, Worship and Arts leader, greeter coordinator, usher, lector, communion assistant, and participant in the quilting ministry and Bible study. She was also active at Bethel Lutheran Church where she served as a member of the Mission Ministry, an usher, reader and taught The Truth Project classes, as well as her participation in women's Bible studies. Diana also let the ministry Operation Christmas Child to encourage folks to pack shoe boxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children in developing countries as a mission outreach of Jesus' love for all children. She loved gardening and appreciated the beauty of God's creation, and felt a great respect for all animal and plant life. Diana enjoyed traveling and being outdoors to hike and enjoy nature. She was also an avid reader.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Heiskell; mother, Mildred K. Labus of Lancaster, OH; daughter, Christy (John) Fulton of Cicero, IN; son, Andy (Erin) Heiskell of Swampscott, MA; grandsons, Jake and Sam Fulton of Cicero, IN, and Aidan Heiskell of Swampscott, MA; granddaughter, Sydney Heiskell of Swampscott, MA; brothers, David R. (Sally) Labus of Lancaster, OH, and Daniel B. (Jean) Labus of Indianapolis; brother-in-law, John (Martha) Heiskell of Sandy, UT; mother-in-law, Edna (Cordle) Heiskell of Sandy, UT; as well as several cousins, nieces & nephews.
Diana was preceded in death by her dear father, Roger H. Labus; her loving grandparents, William and Elizabeth (Albrecht) Labus, and Henry and Anna (Horvath) Krukemeier; father-in-law, John J. Heiskell; and uncles and aunts, Frederick and Ruth Wolfe, Walter and Marie Krukemeier, and William and Eleanor Labus.
The family and friends will gather to remember Diana's life from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 20650 Cumberland Road, in Noblesville, before the celebration of her life at 2:30 pm. The service will be led by Pastor Doug Gast. Friends and family are invited to a meal at the church after the service.
Diana hopes to be remembered for her deep love for and devotion to her Savior Jesus Christ and her commitment to her devoted husband, loving parents, daughter, son, and her precious, eager, fun-loving grandchildren, friends, and the children whose lives she has touched.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial gifts be made to Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80997; or Bethel Lutheran Church, 20650 Cumberland Road, Noblesville, IN 46062.