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Frances Mae Dietz

January 3, 1921 ~ April 3, 2020 (age 99)

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A Celebration of Life for Frances Mae Dietz, 99, of Norfolk, formerly of Florida, will be held at a later date due to the restrictions on gatherings. Frances passed away at Faith Regional Health Services on April 3, 2020.

Frances Mae Dietz was born on January 3, 1921 in Ilion, New York to James Howard and Edna Mae (Dack) Doig. Frances was raised in Ilion and attended Ilion Public Schools.

On December 6, 1941 she was united in marriage to Herbert John Dietz in New York State. To this union two sons were born, Robert Dietz and Ronald Dietz.

During World War II, Fran helped with the war effort working at Remington Arms Factory. After the war, they moved to Glenfield, New York where Fran was a homemaker and Herbert taught school while continuing to work towards his master’s degree. They also farmed.

In 1960, they moved to Sidney, New York and lived there for several years while her husband worked for the public schools.

Then they moved to Delhi, New York. Throughout her entire life, Fran loved books and reading. She was a perfect fit for the job of librarian in Delhi. Herb continued to work in education until both retired.

Their next move was to Bradenton, Florida to be close to family and to enjoy the warmer climate. After her husband passed, she moved to Palm Desert, California where her son Robert resided. Another move was made to Norfolk, Nebraska in 2016.

Fran enjoyed cooking, knitting, Scrabble, reading, crossword puzzles, MSNBC, chocolate, and baseball.

Fran is survived by Tom Kramer, six grandchildren: Sherie Dietz Wooldridge of FL, Kelly Dietz Newsome of FL, Melissa (Missy) Dietz of IN, R.J. Dietz of FL, Nancy Dietz of MO, and Kristin Dietz Bauer of NE. Ten great grandchildren: Kori, Lisa, Charli, Shelbie, Tucker, MacKenzie, and Dustin all of FL. David of MN, and Kelci and Blake of NE. Great great grandchildren: Riley, Kilyn, Elena, and Harlee.

She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Dietz and two sons Robert Dietz and Ronald Dietz, and his wife Carol.

Grandma’s family and friends will miss her dearly. She was loved by so many during her blessed 99 years of life.

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