Winifred Louise Griggs Dietsch, age 65, of Shaker Heights, Ohio and formerly of Hartington, Nebraska, died at home on May 18, 2017, due to complications of cholangiocarcinoma.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 10:30 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce, Nebraska with Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Fordyce. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 6:30 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Wednesday at the church.
Pallbearers will be Winnie's nephews: Paul Dietsch, Jonathan Kathol, Benjamin Dietsch, Adam Dietsch, Joseph Cady, Ted Kathol, and Ira Kaan.
Winnie was born on December 26, 1951, in Sioux City, IA to James Russell and Margaret Mary (Schmidt) Griggs. She grew up in Hartington and attended Holy Trinity Grade School and was a 1970 graduate of Cedar Catholic High School in Hartington. She married Gary John Dietsch on November 27, 1971, in Hartington, NE. She attended Iowa State University. Winnie was a realtor, most recently at Howard Hanna Realty's Pepper Pike office.
Winnie was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Shaker Heights, OH, an active Democrat, and a lifelong advocate for women's rights. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and a loyal friend. Winnie was known for her sharp wit, and loved music and gardening. This fall, she walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) with her partner, Rob Certner, in Spain.
Survivors include her three daughters: Hannah Dietsch (Michael Balascio) of New Orleans, LA; Nora (Brian) Barry of Brooklyn, NY; Hallie Dietsch of New Orleans, LA; two granddaughters, Margaret and Frances Balascio; two brothers and three sisters: Thomas (Linda) Griggs of Fort Worth, TX; Frederick (Trish) Griggs of Windsor, CO; Sue (Richard) Roche of Fort Worth, TX; Mary Jo Griggs of Fort Collins, CO; and Sheila Griggs of Fort Collins, CO; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Winnie was preceded in death by her husband, Gary, on June 26, 2005, at the age of 53; her parents and her step-father, Harold (Les) Korff; parents-in-law, Frank and Gertrude Dietsch; two nieces, Allison and Marie Schulte and one nephew, Scott Dietsch.
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I would like to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Winnie and my prayers and support are with all of you.
Rev. Michael D. Schmitz
I am so very sorry to hear about Winnie. My heart is breaking for all of you. I know how difficult it is to lose a sibling. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and give you strength during this difficult time. Our families had many good times together. Seems like only yesterday we were all in elementary school! Please extend my deepest sympathy to her children and the rest of the family. God Bless You All and may he guide you and keep you safe!
Love Kim (Kneifl) Beig
I am so sorry to hear about Winnie Lou. I really looked up to her - she was so pretty and so genuinely nice. Even to us younger cousins! I wish it would have worked for us to come, we would have loved to have been there. With my deepest sympathy,
Diane Larson (Schmidt)
Deepest sympathy to all the family on this loss of Winnie, Know that you are all held in prayer for peace and comfort as you all work through your grief, Prayer is all I can offer-I hope you are consoled.
We met you as a realtor and then became our friend. You were a total professional but more importantly a classy lady. Rest in peace Winnie! You will be remembered in our prayers.
Nancy and Bob Ortmann
Thoughts, Prayers, and much Love to all of you. I got to know Winnie through the stories Sheila and Maryjo shared over the past 30 some years. I just got to feel the Love and Joy of Winnie's life through the touching video you shared. My heartaches for your loss. Peace be with each one of you and God bless.
My thoughts and prayers to the family of Winnie; God took a Special Angel home; But think of the reunion with your Mom, Dad, Gary and those waiting to bring her home!! God's Blessings and Peace to each of you through this difficult time.. May your memories of good times help you through this time.
Gary and Betty (Pick)Kuchta
My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May the promises in God's word provide you with comfort and strength during this most difficult time. John 5:28-29
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