Patricia “Patty” Lu Ann Dieterich, age 85, formerly of Ridgefield, died Friday, May 1, 2015 in Suffield CT, after a long courageous battle with Lung Cancer. Patty was born on November 16th in 1929 in Sioux City, Iowa a daughter of the late Ellen and Forest Smith. She spent her early childhood in Emery, South Dakota, where her father was a doctor of Veterinary Medicine treating large and farm animals. She later moved to Sioux City, Iowa and then to Ames, Iowa where she attended the University of Iowa, studying Occupational Therapy.
While there she became an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and met the love of her life Robert Dieterich. Bob and Patty married on Aug.19, 1950 and settled in Chicago and South Bend, Indiana. In 1953, when her first son Steven was 2 years old, they moved to Caracas, Venezuela for Bob’s work in the printing machine export business. While living there, her second son Kevin was born in 1954. Patty, Bob and the 2 boys continued living in South America, moving to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil. She enthusiastically embraced living in a foreign culture, learning both Spanish and Portuguese. In late 1955 they returned to the United States, to live in Park Ridge, Ill. for the next 17 years. During that time she had 2 daughters Julia and Susan.