HESSTON, KS Wilmetta Dorothy Weaver Dietzel, 95, died Saturday, Sept 24, 2016 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston. She was born August 25, 1921 at Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton, Kansas to Harry Lester and Margaret Dorthea (Deschner) Weaver of Hesston, Kansas. On July 12, 1946 Wilmetta married Arnold J. Dietzel at Hesston Mennonite Church (HMC) in Hesston, Kansas. She was baptized at age 10 at HMC in Hesston and was an active member of HMC for many years.
Wilmetta graduated from 8th grade at French School (rural Hesston, Kansas) and then was a 1940 high school graduate from Hesston Academy. After one year at Hesston College, she went to nursing school at La Junta Mennonite Hospital, La Junta, Colorado and graduated in 1944 as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Wilmetta had a long career as an RN, missionary, and travel agent. She worked as an RN at La Junta Mennonite Hospital in La Junta, Colorado; at Axtell Hospital in Newton, Kansas; at Bethesda Hospital in Goessel, Kansas; and Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland. She was a missionary RN when she and Arnold served five years in India at the Shantipur leprosy home and hospital. As a travel agent, Wilmetta worked at the Menno Travel Service (MTS) office in Beirut, Lebanon; and then she devoted many years to the MTS office in Newton, Kansas. She retired from MTS in 1988.
Wilmetta resided in North Newton, Kansas for 44 years. In 2008 she moved with her husband Arnold to Schowalter Villa in Hesston. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2014. Wilmetta enjoyed gathering family stories and genealogy, embroidery, gardening, and spending time with her family and many friends.
Wilmetta is survived by brother, Milford (Barbara) Weaver of Hesston, KS; three children—son Ronald L (Shirley) Dietzel of Newton, KS; daughter Margaret E Hillegass of Hollsopple, PA; and daughter Carol J Cranston of Newton, KS; seven grandchildren—Rhonda J (Tracy) Sanders of New Braunfels, TX; R Loren Dietzel Jr of Tomball, TX; Justin A Dietzel of McPherson, KS; Christina D (Aaron) Clement of Kansas City, KS; Elizabeth L Hillegass of Hollsopple, PA; John R (Michelle) Hillegass of Akron, PA; and Shondra J Cranston of Newton, KS; plus eight great grandchildren—Cory M (Jordan) Cleri of Houston, TX; Jaime L Cleri and Wyatt J Sanders of New Braunfels, TX; Ryann L Dietzel of Tomball, TX; Ava M Dietzel of McPherson, KS; Elijah H Clement of Kansas City, KS; and, Greta D Hillegass and Jeremiah R Hillegass of Akron, PA.
A celebration of Wilmetta’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept 29, 2016 at Hesston Mennonite Church with Pastor Wendy Miller presiding. Private family interment will be in Eastlawn Cemetery at Zimmerdale (rural Hesston).
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Mennonite Central Commitee in care of Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main, Hesston, KS 67062. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
To Shirley and family: I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Wendy Nugent
so sorry for your loss
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