Diana M. Klapakis
OLEAN - Diana M. Klapakis, of 1308 Old Rock City Road, entered into eternal rest on Saturday (May 8, 2021) at Olean General Hospital, following an illness.
Diana was born on July 22, 1959, in New York City, a daughter of Nicholas and Margaret Mary Teresa Walker Klapakis.
She graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1981.
Diana served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. She then worked as a letter carrier in Queens before relocating to the Olean area.
Diana gave all that she could, and beyond, to family, friends and strangers. Her heart was the beating pulse of the Golden Rule! Diana was a New York Yankees fan and an avid animal lover.
Diana is survived by her loving companion, Gary G. Lerchen; she was a devoted sister to three sisters, Rita Klapakis, Anna Klapakis and Catherine Klapakis Bruno; and a nephew, Emanuel X. Bruno.
Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. today (May 11, 2021) at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday (May 12, 2021), beginning with a prayer service at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian burial at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. The Rev. Gregory J. Dobson will officiate. Burial will be at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla.
Online condolences may be made at LetroMcIntoshSpink FuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pumpkin's Patch, an independent cat rescue which is on Facebook only.