Trudy Dietzen was killed in a car crash, August 16th in Mtubamtuba, South Africa. She was 63.
Trudy and her twin sister, Terri was born April 23, 1951 to her loving parents Tom and Mary Hewes. Tom and Mary were married young and immediately started on a large idyllic family. Trudy's parents took the entire family including daughters Suzie, Terri, and Trudy and sons Tom, Michael, and David on annual vacations to Squirrel Lake in Minocqua, Wisconson.
Tragedy struck the young family in 1962 when Tom passed away due to melanoma. This loss had a big impact on Mary and the kids, but served to draw them all closer together. In 1967 Trudy's family moved to Barrington, Illinois. That summer, between sophomore and junior year at Barrington High School she met the love of her life and future husband Keith Dietzen.
A gifted artist, something she inherited from her father, Trudy loved art and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Elmhusrt College in 1975.
Trudy's attraction to Keith knew no patience and the high school sweethearts were married between sophomore and junior year in college. Trudy and Keith lived and worked together, making the most of their lives, enjoying the simple things, anything, as long as they were able to do them together.
In 1975, Trudy and Keith had a very big year as they moved into their new home in Lake Zurich, started their family company, Keymark Enterprises, and started their family with the birth of their first son, Aaron Thomas. Two years later, in 1977, their family was complete with the birth of their second son, Brian Keith.
After 10 years in their Lake Zurich home, armed with a boldness and engagement that marked her family's life, they made a dramatic move, with the family and business in tow, to Colorado, their new home for the next 29 years. Despite their move west, Trudy's love and commitment to family compelled then to drive back to Illinois at least twice a year.
Trudy found contentment in taking care of her garden and home, joy in time with her family and friends, and humor in even the most mundane of situations. Trudy had love for all of her family, but no one on earth was more important to her than her five grand kids, Ella, Max, Grace, Clover and Satchel.
Trudy enjoyed a life of friendships at home and at Keymark, community with everyone in her family at St Mary Magdalene, and traveling the world with Keith, her best friend and love of her life.
Trudy was preceded by her parents Tom and Mary, her brother Michael, and puppies Rascal, Buddy, and Wiggle.
Trudy leaves behind her loving husband Keith, sons Aaron and Brian; grandchildren Ella, Maxwel, Gracelyn, Clover, and Satchel; sisters Suzie and Terri; brothers Tom and David; daughter-in-laws Katie and Kelly; and countless nieces and nephews.
Service will be held for Trudy at 10:00 this Saturday, August 30th at St Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church at 4775 Cambridge St, Boulder, CO 80301.
Donations in Trudy's honor can be made to St Mary's Endowment Fund. Income from this fund go to highly vetted outreach efforts, close to Trudy's heart.
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Published by Longmont Times-Call on Aug. 30, 2014.