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Melda Striker Dietz b. New Washington, Ohio

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Melda Striker Dietz b. New Washington, Ohio

Posted: 1265807331000
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LILBURN, GA: Family and friends will greatly miss Melda Dietz, a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who had just celebrated her 80th birthday.

Please join the family for her memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lilburn, Georgia with visitation following the service.

A resident of Lilburn, Georgia, she died February 2, 2010. Melda was born in New Washington, Ohio, one of 11 children of Ruth and George Striker.

Her hair was so white-blond as a toddler that her dad called her tow head (shortened to toad by her brothers and sister). She grew up in a fun-loving, hard-working farm family. It was during the Depression and nobody had any money, but Melda always looked back at this time in her life with great fondness. At her small rural school she played softball, ran track, sang, played in the band and was named May Day Queen. She grew up always wanting to be a nurse. She worked at Bucyrus, Ohio Community Hospital as a teenager and worked her way through nursing school in Massillon, Ohio.

She met her husband, Eugene, through a classmate at nursing school and they were married in 1953. They spent their salad days in Columbus, Ohio, while Eugene finished his degree and Melda worked for an obstetrician, delivering babies. They began their family and had three children, John, Jane and Jill. Melda worked in geriatric nursing in Columbus, Ohio; psychiatric nursing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and psychiatric nursing and home health care nursing in Atlanta. She loved seeking out estate sales and thrift stores and had incredible eagle eyes to find prizes where others saw nothing.

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