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Diane Corinne (Rix) Weitz

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Weitz, Diane Corinne (Rix)

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Diane Corinne (Rix) Weitz lost a courageous 4-month battle with Leukemia. She was born in Manning, IA on May 20, 1936 to Arthur and Ila (Claussen) Rix. She graduated from Manning High School in 1954. In 1958, she graduated from Drake University with a Degree in Elementary Educa-tion. Diane and Edwin Carter Weitz were married on June 14, 1958 in Manning, moving to Missouri Valley, IA, while Ed was working for the Weitz Company, building Interstate 29 between Council Bluffs and Sioux City. The couple also lived in Des Moines, where Diane taught First and Second grades in the Des Moines Public Schools. In 1960, Diane and Ed moved to Council Bluffs, where Ed was employed as a salesman. Diane taught Kindergarten, First and Fourth grades at Rue, Bloomer, and Lewis & Clark Elementary Schools. After Receiving a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1979, she became Principal of Walnut Grove, Tinley, Sunnydale, Gunn, Rue, and Carter Lake Elementary Schools, retiring in 1998. Between 2003 and 2008 she was a Trainer for Iowa Depart-ment of Education, working with south-west Iowa administrators. During her career, Diane was honored as Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year; as a National Distinguished Principal; was a Recipient of a National Milkin Award; and served as President of School Administrators of Iowa. She and the staffs at Rue, and Carter Lake Elementary Schools received awards from the state of Iowa for Special Programs. Diane was a vibrant member of New Horizon Presbyterian Church; Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority; and a 56-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Iowa chapters IS, LR, MQ and Chapter FL, Nebraska. Diane is survived by her husband of 55 years, Edwin C. Weitz; daughter, Libby Snipes (Ricky), all of Council Bluffs; son, Carter Weitz (Tami) of Lincoln, NE; 5 grandsons, Neil Raus, Matthew Raus, E. Carter Weitz III, Michael Weitz, and Linden Weitz; step-grandchildren, Brittney Snipes, Jessica McCumber, Jason Beggs, Bryce Snipes, Rikki Ortega and Carrie McCray; sister, Karen Snyder (Errol); niece Kristen Nelson, all of Wheat Ridge, CO; nephew, Marc (Jen) Rix of San Diego, CA; aunt Marmee Claussen; numerous cousins and friends.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be on Thursday at 4pm at the New Horizon Presbyterian Church. Memorials will be directed to the PEO Scholarship & Loan Fund to help young women further their education. HOY - KILNOSKI
1221 N. 16th St., Council Bluffs IA 51501

Published in Omaha World-Herald on June 15, 2014