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In Memory of Irene Dietsche


10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday July 26, 2022
Ezekiel Lutheran Church
202 S. 2nd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Tuesday July 26, 2022
Ezekiel Lutheran Church
202 S. 2nd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

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Irene Alma (Tiller) Dietsche, age 92, of River Falls, WI died peacefully on July 19, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Menomonie, WI on June 5, 1930.

Irene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who always put family and others first.  This generous character was always evident whether with her family, friends or in her chosen profession – teaching.  Up until her death former students stayed in touch with her and told her, as well as her family, what a huge impact she had and continues to have in their lives.

She graduated with an English Degree and Teaching Certificate from UW-River Falls which in 1952 was known as Wisconsin State College.  The next weekend she married the love of her life, Delmar Dietsche.

Del served in the Air Force which moved them to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where they started their family.  Eventually they moved to Shoreview, Minnesota and were blessed with three children: Cathy, David and Jim.

Irene’s first teaching job after graduation was in Spring Valley, Wisconsin but took a break until the children were grown.  At that time she went back to teaching and became the head of the English Department at Concordia Academy private high school in Roseville, Minnesota.  She was so proud of her students and her time there where she loved teaching English and American Literature, Poetry, and Shakespeare.  She produced and directed many plays and took her students many times to the Guthrie.  She loved her time there so much and knew she was serving the Lord in her capacity as teacher and counselor.  She tried to retire twice but always went back when called.  The third time was the charm.

Irene enjoyed an active retirement with Del.  They moved back to Wisconsin and also spent many years in Florida during the winter.  They travelled the world with family and friends from China to Europe to Israel and across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

She continued to enjoy her love of books and teaching as well in retirement.  Over the years she led and participated in many book clubs.

Irene is preceded in death by her husband Del, son David, sisters Marna and Sharon and brother Juleen.  She is survived by daughter Catherine (Jim) Gates, son James (Desiree) Dietsche, grandchildren Michael, Kristine, Alicia, Natalie, Mateo, Alex, Chelsey, Jade and six great-grandchildren.

Irene’s lasting legacy is her love of family and friends and amazing ability to connect and care for others.  We can only hope to learn from her example and pass that patience and understanding on to others as a memorial to her.

A memorial service for Irene will be hold at 11AM on July 26, 2022 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls, WI.  Visitation starting at 10AM.  Masks required.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Concordia Academy High School Theater Dept,  Attn Pastor Tim Berner, 2400 Dale St N, Roseville, MN, 55113.

Funeral and cremation services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of River Falls.


Service will be live streamed https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR5i0B-oZQQpXVsLGovbZoA

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  • I’m so blessed to have had such a wonderful Aunt. I hold so many memories growing up. My parents moved to Texas (sister-Sharon) but we never missed a Christmas or just a summer vacation to be with our families from times at the cabin to reunions in the park in Menomonie.
    I remember when we would be staying with Uncle Del and Aunt Irene. She would make Grandmas famous dumplings. I remember she would have me pull fresh rhubarb from her garden for fresh rhubarb pie.
    Thank you for loving me! You were always there for me during hard times encouraging me and reminding me I’m a special girl.
    What’s so wonderful; is that was the lady she was. I don’t doubt she did that for many others. I know God has you at work with your love and grace.
    Well, of course shopping with Mom and Aunt Marna.
    I will forever hold special place in my heart.
    I love you! I will see again some time.❤️

  • I’m so blessed to have had such an amazing Aunt. I hold so many memories from playing in the snow, Aunt Irene making Grandmas famous Chicken n Dumplings to going to her garden to pull fresh rhubarb for rhubarb pie.
    Christmas was the best. Someone always had something fun up their sleeve for our families being together. Although I wasn’t brought up around relatives; when together; no time had passed.
    One of my favorite memories is sitting around listening to my mom with her sisters telling stories, laughing till our bellies hurt.
    I love you Aunt Irene! Thanku for loving me as much as you did. You would always tell me and let me know how special I was. She didn’t do that with just me; that’s who she was. Love!