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Marlin Eugene (Mike) Dietrich

March 25, 1941 ~ September 11, 2018 (age 77)
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Marlin Eugene (Mike) Dietrich, 77, of Catawissa passed away peacefully after a short battle with Myelodysplastic syndrome, Tuesday September 11, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born March 25, 1941 in Hegins, PA, he was the son of the late George and Mary (Maurer) Dietrich. He attended Tri Valley High School and was in the farming and butcher trade. He operated his own butcher business in Schuylkill Haven from 1973-1980, and one year in Danville. From 1981 to 1997 he was employed by Allen Clark Packing House in Paxinos. He worked odd jobs in Berwick and Danville until his retirement in February 2003. Mike was a member of Saint Johns (Kimmel’s) Church and also a member of the Danville Moose Lodge, for over twenty years.

Mike was united in marriage to the the former Helen Jean Fetterman on July 24, 1976 at St. Mark Lutheran Church by Pastor Zimmerman of Elysburg and enjoyed 42 years of marriage. He was a loving husband. They enjoyed many happy years with his children and grandchildren, eating out, and walking the malls, and traveling to Michigan and other states as well. Mike also enjoyed a cruise, trips to Atlantic City, and casinos.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife Helen, daughter, Virginia May (Foutz) Wisgo, and her husband Greg of Ranshaw, sister, Marjorie Ludwig and husband Robert, and Ruby Clouser, all of Ashland. As well as brother, Clifford Deitrich and wife Alice of Meriden, CT, and brother-in-law Eugene Schwalm of Baltimore, MD. Also surviving are ten grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, son Daniel Foutz, two sisters Betty Schwalm, and Phyllis Dietrich, and brother in law Harold Clouser.

Family wants to share their appreciation to the staff of Geisinger’s Hematology/Oncology department, the entire hospice team at Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick, and a very special appreciation to his nurse and granddaughter Missy Fasold and grandchildren Bobby Thomas III, and Tyler Jindra for maintaining his property and whatever needed done around the house while he was ill, and Ginny who got his room ready for him to come home too.

Services will be held Friday September 14, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Allen R. Horne Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 193 McIntyre Road, Catawissa with Hospice Chaplain Mike Delp officiating. Burial will follow at Elan Memorial Park. Viewing for family and friends will be from 10:00 am until time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to MDS Foundation, 3 International Drive, Suite 200 Rye Brook, NY 10573.

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Donations may be made to:

MDS Foundation
3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook NY 10573

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