Yankton Press & Dakotan
Thursday, June 30, 2005
SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Gary J. Dietsch, age 53, of Shaker Heights, Ohio and formerly of Fordyce, Nebraska, died on Sunday, June 26, 2005, at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio due to complications of scleroderma.
Funeral Services will be on Friday, July 1, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce, Nebraska with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Fordyce.
Visitation will be on Thursday, June 30th from 1-5:30 p.m. with a rosary at 2:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington. There will be a Vigil Service Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce. There will be no visitation at the church on Friday morning.
Pallbearers will be Gary's six nephews: Paul Dietsch, Jonathan Kathol, Benjamin Dietsch, Adam Dietsch, Joseph Cady and Ted Kathol.
Gary John Dietsch was born on December 9, 1951, in Yankton, SD to Frank J. and Gertrude (Becker) Dietsch. He grew up in Fordyce and attended St. John the Baptist Grade School and was a 1970 graduate of Cedar Catholic High School in Hartington. He married Winifred Griggs on November 27, 1971 in Hartington, NE. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. degree in 1974 and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1977. He joined the Cleveland law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in 1977 and was made partner in 1986. Gary and fellow partner, J. Talbot Young Jr., established the law firm of Young & Dietsch in 1995, specializing in trusts and estates.
Gary was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a member of the Cleveland and Ohio State Bar Associations, the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, was on the Board of Shaker Lakes Nature Center, member of the Planned Giving Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and was an officer of the Cleveland Blue Coats Association.
Survivors include his wife, Winnie of Shaker Heights, Ohio; three daughters: Hannah Dietsch and fianci Michael Balascio, Baltimore, MD; Nora Dietsch of New York City, NY; Hallie Dietsch of Shaker Heights, OH; parents, Frank J. and Gertrude Dietsch of Fordyce; three brothers and four sisters: Robert (Mary Lou) Dietsch of Omaha, Daniel (Kathy) Dietsch of Omaha, Jerene (Avon) Vandewege of Lincoln, James (Lois) Dietsch of Seward, NE, Mary Kramer of Lincoln, Joan (Skip) Cady of St. Michael, MN, Carole (Lyle) Schulte of Fordyce, NE; 17 nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by two nieces and one nephew.