FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Services for Kathleen Virginia Dietrick, 83, beloved wife and mother, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Wages & Sons Funeral Home in Stone Mountain, Ga., with visitation preceding. Burial is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ruthton Cemetery, Ruthton, with her cousin, the Rev. Harvey Pedersen, presiding. There will be a coffee hour at 12:30 p.m. at the Ruthton Senior Center before the interment. Local arrangements provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft - Johansen Chapel, Tyler.
She passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, peacefully of congestive heart failure at Avalon Assisted Living in Falls Church, Va.
She was born July 12, 1925, in Tyler, and raised in Ruthton, she was the oldest daughter of Sen. Hans C. and Laura C. Pedersen. She attended Worthington High School, Worthington, for her senior year in high school and graduated in 1943. She studied in junior college in Phoenix, Ariz., for one year before transferring to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in home economics, majoring in textiles, in 1948. At the University, she was thrilled to study under Harriet and Vetta Goldstein.
Kathleen Virginia Dietrick
Kathleen met Ted E. Dietrick while she was working in Minneapolis. They married Sept. 17, 1949, and settled in St. Louis Park. Kathleen and Ted had three children, Paul A. Dietrick, Laurie Dietrick Baker, and Scott E. Dietrick. The family of five moved to Decatur, Ga., in 1968.
After her initial years of raising three children, Kathleen taught advanced clothing tailoring techniques. Later, in Georgia, Kathleen worked as a decorator consultant for the J.C. Penney Co. from 1971 to 1983. As empty-nesters, Kathleen and Ted moved to Suwanee, Ga., in 1999 to be near their sons. In May, 2008, they moved to assisted living in Falls Church, Va., near their daughter.
Kathleen loved music all of her life, singing and playing the organ, piano, and clarinet. She made many friends from golf, bridge, gardening, and ladies' groups. She loved to travel with Ted, and especially enjoyed trips home to Ruthton and numerous visits to Caribbean islands and Hawaii. She made a beautiful home and garden, numerous handcrafts, and will be remembered for the smells of fresh-baked cookies and pies accompanying her warm smiles.
Kathleen is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Ted Eastman Dietrick; her sons Paul A. Dietrick of Duluth, Ga., and Scott E. Dietrick of Alpharetta, Ga.; her daughter, Laurie Dietrick Baker of Dunn Loring, Va.; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Constance Bloom of Omaha, Neb., and her brother, H. Clyde Pedersen of Marshall.
Donations in memory of Kathleen may be made to the Goldstein Museum of Design of the University of Minnesota, 241 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN, 55108, or The Salvation Army.