Wendell P. Dietz Sr., 67, 5486 Oriole Lane, town of Plover, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at his home after a battle with polycythemia vera, a rare blood disorder. He was under the care of Hospice of Portage County.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bronislava Catholic Church with the Rev. Pat Umberger officiating. His body will be cremated.
Friends may call at the Jensen-Jinsky Funeral Home in Plover from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and at the church from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the services. The Knights of Columbus will combine with the general rosary at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Mr. Dietz was born Feb. 29, 1932, in the town of Ellington, Outagamie County, a son of the late Edward W. and Anna M. (Losselyong) Dietz.
He attended St. Mary’s (Immaculate Conception) School in Greenville and graduated from Hortonville High School. After graduation, he worked on the family farm.
In 1955 in he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served overseas near Stuttgart, Germany, before returning to the U.S. in 1957.
On Aug. 5, 1961, he was married to Kristiane M. Rigden at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Appleton.
He worked at Burilane Farms, Nampa, Idaho, and Fox River Papers, Appleton, before joining Consolidated Papers Inc., Appleton Division, working there 15 years before transferring to Stevens Point in 1983. He retired from Consolidated in stock prep at the Biron mill in 1994 after 27 years.
Survivors include his wife; four sons, Lawrence and Edward, both of Stevens Point, Joseph, Seymour, and Wendell Jr., at home; four daughters, Teresa (Alan) Valley, Seymour, Annette, Stevens Point, Katherine (Russ) Glodowski, Amherst Junction, and Angela (Joseph) Coppola, Green Bay; three sisters, Florence Murra, Denver, Colo., Rosemary (Patrick) Berry, Arvada, Colo., and Marlene (Frank) Berna, Pulaski; and 10 grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Paul Charles; a brother, Kenneth; and a sister, Marion.