Dolores A. Dietrich
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Dolores A. Dietrich, 89, fittingly passed away on a day of love, Valentine's Day. Her life was all about love -- love of family, friends, and life.
Dolores was born in 1923 in Cazenovia, NY. She and her two sisters were best of friends and spent their early years in the small, close-knit community of Cincinnatus, NY. Dolores and her future husband, Francis Marion "Deat" met when they were children and were inseparable after they began dating in high school. They married on a snowy Dec. 20, 1942, when Marion was on leave, serving in the Army in World War II. Dolores always recalled her long train trip alone across the country at age 19 to be with her new husband while he was stationed in Monterey, CA. After he shipped out to the Aleutians, Dolores returned to her family home in Cincinnatus.
She and her husband relocated a number of times, living not only in New York State but also Dixon, IL where she served as Deputy City Clerk. They spent almost 25 years in Chester, SC before moving to Delaware about 18 years ago. When her husband died, almost 10 years ago, Dolores was heartbroken but strongly continued on her own. Eventually things became too difficult for her to be on her own, so Dolores moved to the Independent Living area of Foulk Manor North and made many new friends. As her health declined, she moved to the Assisted Living area where she resided until the end.
Dolores loved to share stories about her two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Babies and animals were the joys of her life. She never tired of bragging about and sharing photos of her family.
Dolores was predeceased by her parents, John and Enola Ellis; her sisters, Virginia Brown and Barbara Ellis; and her husband, Francis Marion Dietrich. Dolores is survived by her daughter, Pamela Nordeen and her husband Jeffrey; son Robert Dietrich and his wife Nancy; grandchildren Wendy Clark, Christine Wolf and husband Scott, Noel Dietrich, and Michael Dietrich; great-grandchildren Whitney, Autumn, and Heidi Wolf, and Marlowe Clark.
Her family will forever be indebted to the wonderful staff at Foulk Manor North and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care for their support and care. As much as Dolores loved flowers, she would have preferred to be remembered in the form of a kind word or deed to someone or a contribution to the incredible hospice group: VITAS Community Connection, c/o VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 100 Commerce Dr., Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713 (or online at vitascommunityconnection.org).
A celebration of Dolores' life will be held at CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 on Friday, February 22, at 9:30 am with visitation from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Interment will be private in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
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Published in The News Journal on February 19, 2013