Marlin Eugene "Mike" Dietrich

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CATAWISSA - Marlin Eugene "Mike" Dietrich, 77, passed away peacefully after a short battle with Myelodysplastic syndrome, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 25, 1941, in Hegins, a son of the late George and Mary (Maurer) Dietrich.

He attended Tri-Valley High School and was in the farming and butcher trade. He operated his own butcher business in Schuylkill Haven from 1973 to 1980, and one year in Danville. From 1981 to 1997 he was employed by Allen Clark Packing House, Paxinos. He worked odd jobs in Berwick and Danville until his retirement in February 2003.

Mike was a member of St. John's (Kimmel's) Church and also a member of the Danville Moose Lodge, for more than 20.

Mike was united in marriage to the former Helen Jean Fetterman, July 24, 1976, at St. Mark Lutheran Church by Pastor Zimmerman of Elysburg, and enjoyed 42 years of marriage. He was a loving husband. They enjoyed many happy years with their children and grandchildren, eating out, walking the malls and traveling to Michigan and other states as well. Mike also enjoyed a cruise, trips to Atlantic City and casinos

Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Helen; a daughter, Virginia May (Foutz) Wisgo and her husband, Greg, of Ranshaw; a sister, Marjorie Ludwig and her husband, Robert, and Ruby Clouser, all of Ashland; a brother, Clifford Deitrich and his wife, Alice, of Meriden, Connecticut; a brother-in-law, Eugene Schwalm, of Baltimore, Maryland; 10 grandchildren, and 17 greatgrandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Foutz; two sisters, Betty Schwalm and Phyllis Dietrich; and a brother-in-law, Harold Clouser.


DEITRICH - Marlin Eugene "Mike" Dietrich, 77, of Catawissa. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Allen R. Horne Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 193 McIntyre Road, Catawissa with Hospice Chaplain Mike Delp officiating. Burial will follow at Elan Memorial Park. A viewing for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to MDS Foundation, 3 International Drive, Suite 200 Rye Brook, NY 10573. Family and friends may send online condolences to

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Published in The News Item on Sept. 11, 2018