MOUNT CARROLL – Arlene Ellen Dietz, 93, of rural Lanark, went home to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
Arlene lived most of her life in Lanark, coming from the Walnut and Harmon, Illinois area. Bud, her devoted husband of 75 years, was continually by her side during her last week of life. Her children and grandchildren provided care and comfort during her final days. She was a woman greatly loved, as was demonstrated by the many children, their spouses, grandchildren and friends who came to say their goodbyes. Her devotion to her family knew no bounds. Her family was her life. She was a very gracious lady, and had the ability to make anyone who met her feel comfortable and accepted.
She was a woman of great faith. When her 12 children were small, and she wasn’t able to watch them as she wanted, she simply turned them over to God’s care and asked him to protect them which He did given the many close calls they had. They all grew to adulthood, healthy and with only minor mishaps along the way. Music was an important part of her life. Her ability to play the piano, organ and guitar was amazing given she never took lessons and was able to play beautifully by ear. Her husband and children received a blessing every time she gathered them around to play and sing. One of her greatest joys in her later years was hosting hoedowns, where she, her children and neighbors would play various instruments and sing. Her awesome cooking and baking abilities were known throughout several counties. She was greatly loved and respected in the community as was demonstrated last September at her and Bud’s 75th wedding anniversary celebration where over 100 people attended to share in their celebration.
Arlene is survived by her husband, Bud; her 12 children, Carol Dietz, Nancy (Steve) Shellhause, Jane (Mike) Mullins, Bill (Deb) Dietz, Larry (Julie) Dietz, Ed (Pat) Dietz, Bob (Nancy) Dietz, Rick (Sandy) Dietz, Connie (Bob) Zuck, Linda (Monte) Ballard, Don (Vonnie) Dietz, Anita (Bill) Pinnow; her 33 grandchildren (two of whom are deceased); 54 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brothers, Elmer and Merle (Anita) Von Holten; and her sister, Lois Fulfs.
She also was predeceased by her parents, Carl and Beulah Von Holten; brothers, Bill, Ray, Ed, Les and Roland Von Holten; and her sister, Minnie Toben.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, and a celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll.
Her family would like to thank Dr. Werckle and Hospice Care of America for the outstanding care that was given to her. She appreciated her aide, Sheryl, for the care she received. A special and heartfelt thank you goes out to her nurse, Nick, who went far above and beyond being her caregiver. He became part of the family and a dear friend.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Hospice Care of America, 3815 N Mulford Rd., No. 4, Rockford, IL 61114.
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