Daniel E. Dietsch '74, August 15, 2014, Age 62, of Homewood, Ill. He was 62.
It has been said that the works and deeds and the example one sets are how one is remembered. Dan's reflection can ben seen in many ways.
In 1996, Dan and his wife, Thelma '74, had moved from Houston, Texas, to the Chicago area because of a job transfer. New to the area, they walked in to St. Joe's at the end of a Saturday mass looking for a bulletin when they met Fr. Jim Sayers. "This is the place you want to be," he told them, and so they became parishioners and Dan joined the parish lectors.
Over time, Dan and Thelma stepped forward to work on a number of parish activities and ministries. Having moved numerous times for work, the couple knew that being active parish members was a great way to get to meet people, and they found the St. Joseph community very welcoming.
Dan accepted an invitation to become a deacon after Fr. Richard Kozak took Dan and Thelma to an orientation session for deacon couples. Thelma recalls Dan had been asked to be a deacon twice before, but work obligations kept him from accepting. This time, he was ready to commit to the three principles of deaconate work: serving on the altar, preaching and outreach. He was ordained a deacon of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2007 and assigned to St. Joe's.
In the past seven years as deacon, Dan has left his imprint on the parish. His sermons for the Wednesday morning mass and various Sundays presented a pithy message in short form. Serving on the altar brought him great joy. What most of us didn't see were the numerous things Dan did behind the scenes-everything from helping prepare children for Confirmation to working on the parish bulletin to joining the organizing committee for the parish Centennial Celebration and getting the parish directory published.
And, he was especially grateful for his special ministry at Zacchaeus House, a deaconate home for men in transition. It allowed Dan to do outreach and bring peace to men who were overcoming their bad habits and sorry influences. By the time Dan's counseling and support work ended, he had newly established friendships.
Beloved husband of Thelma C. Dietsch nee Silvio. Dear father of Simon (Jeanne Robinson) Dietsch and Robin (Jadi Roberts) Dietsch. Cherished grandfather of Carlo, Fox and Evelyn Dietsch. Loving son of Sue and the late Richard Dietsch. Mr. Dietsch is an ordained deacon with the Archdiocese of Chicago serving St. Joseph Parish and a member of Marian Council # 3914 K. of C.
submitted Aug. 26, 2014 12:51P