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Marion Dietzgen

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Marion Boyd Dietzgen, (Peg) 91, of Cotuit, MA, died March 19, 2013. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 1, 1921 to Thomas Kenneth and Elizabeth Allbright Boyd and was raised in Winnetka where she attended The North Shore Country Day School. She attended Wellesley College for two years prior to her marriage to Theodore Donaldson (Ted). She eventually completed her degree in Art History at Northwestern University with a B.A. in 1945, Phi Beta Kappa. Peg and Ted had six daughters during their 26 years of marriage. Peg married Joseph E. Dietzgen (Sepp) in November 1967. They retired to Cotuit where they had summered for many years in 1975. Peg was an active and well-loved member of the Cotuit community. She was a skilled and crafty sailor having grown up around sailboats and she knew Cotuit Bay like the back of her hand. In the early 60s Peg learned the graceful art of skiing and had great fun teaching all of her daughters. She was an avid tennis player, having honed her game on the Chicago-area club circuit for years, competing internationally at the 1A level. In addition to being an athlete, at her core Peg was an artist. She had a life-long passion for painting, a passion that she shared with Sepp. During her retirement years in Cotuit, she joined Cranberry Shores Chorus, a Sweet Adeline group. Anyone who knew Peg was aware of her strong convictions and that she acted on them with countless hours of volunteering. Her volunteer days started in Chicago with many bags of pecans being sold for The Scholarship and Guidance Association. She was an unfaltering organizer, supporter and volunteer for women's reproductive rights and an avid activist for a womans right to choose. She brought a special energy to the many Pro Choice marches and demonstrations she attended from Chicago, to Hyannis to Washington DC. She was a key organizer, speaker and member of NARAL Pro Choice of Cape Cod. Above all else, Peg loved being a mother. Survivors include her six daughters: Tracy R. D. Mannikko of West Palm Beach, Fl; Holly D. Fletcher of Revere, MA; Celia Donaldson of Redlands, CA; Ellen D. Hocevar of Pfafftown, N.C.; Lisa D. Erickson, MD of Minneapolis, MN; and Carol D. Zais of Sudbury, MA; and five stepchildren. She also leaves 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Donations in Pegs memory can be made to NARAL Pro Choice of Massachusetts at www.prochoicemass.org/donate/make-a-donation.shtml; Cotuit Library (P.O. Box 648, Cotuit, MA 02635); The Barnstable Land Trust (PO Box 224, Cotuit, MA 02635). A celebration of her life will be held in May. Please visit www.deefuneralhome.com for more information and to post your remembrance and pictures.

Published in The Sudbury Town Crier from Mar. 27 to Apr. 3, 2013
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