Beverly Nadine Dietze was born on January 16th, 1932, in Kenton, Michigan to Hubert and Dagmar Heikkinen of Atlantic Mine, Michigan. She graduated from Jeffers High School in Painesdale, Michigan and studied business for one year at Suomi College in Hancock, Michigan. She worked in the office at a mill in Donken, Michigan, and then married Arthur Helmuth Dietze, whom she had met at Suomi, on June 28th, 1952.
Beverly and Art began their married life in Milwaukee. They had two sons, Duane (b. 1955) and Dale (b. 1964). Art was a janitor at Cumberland School in Whitefish Bay. Beverly was happy as a housewife. Later she took on two part-time jobs with Art cleaning at Roundy Memorial Baptist Church and the Whitefish Bay Women’s Club. Art passed away suddenly of a heart attack in February 1975. In 1982 Beverly began working as an environmental aide, for a short time at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and then for 18 years at St. Michael Hospital. She enjoyed her job and the people she worked with. She retired in 2001 and moved to West Allis.
Beverly was raised in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Michigan and became a member of Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in Milwaukee after marriage and until retirement. She then transferred to Hales Corners Lutheran Church and more recently to Gethsemane Lutheran Church nearer her home. She was thankful that she and Art could share in their common faith in Christ.
Beverly could no longer live alone after a fall in late 2016, and the next summer entered a group home for a year and then lived in memory care at Village at Manor Park, Palmer House.
Beverly’s father passed away in 1992, her mother in 1994, and her younger sister Dagmar in 1995. She is survived by her two sons, Dale’s wife Kari, her two granddaughters McKenna and Paige, a brother-in-law, nephews and nieces and their children, and close friends.
Beverly passed away in her sleep on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, at the age of 88, due to complications from a fall in March and decline due to vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Lord took her peacefully to her eternal home at His side.
Due to the coronavirus situation, a memorial service will be held at a later time. Internment will take place at Graceland Cemetery in Milwaukee, beside her beloved husband.