Kathleen A. Dieterle

SAN ANTONIO – Kathleen A. Dieterle, 62, of San Antonio, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. She fought to the bitter end with grace, courage, dignity, and a lot of humor, more concerned about those she left behind.

Kathleen was born March 10, 1951, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. A 1969 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling, Kathleen pursued her lifelong dream of following her mother in becoming a nurse. In 1972, Kathleen secured her registered nursing degree from SwedishAmerican Nursing School in Rockford. Upon graduation, Kathleen moved to San Antonio as one of the first nurses helping to open the new Audie Murphy Memorial Hospital. After 6 years as a floor nurse, she transferred to the surgical operating room. Through hard work and gaining the respect of her peers, Kathleen was elevated to the position of primary lead nurse in charge of all heart procedures. She spent 39 years caring for the veterans she immensely respected and appreciated. Her maternal grandfather, Charles Vogelsang, was a World War I veteran.

She is survived by her parents, Mary A. (Vogelsang) and Aloysius J. Dieterle Sr.; three brothers and six sisters, William (Norma) Dieterle and Helen (Frank) Kappmeyer, both of San Antonio, Donna (Gary) Robbins of La Vernia, Texas, Carol Dieterle Bardin of Morris, Okla., Mary (John) Rahm of Versailles, Ohio, Julia (Charley) Kashou of Mequon, Wis., and Daryl Dieterle, Cheryl Dieterle Gardner, and Aloysius (Becky) Dieterle Jr., all of Sterling; five uncles and aunts; 18 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Earnest M. and Helen (Vock) Dieterle; her maternal grandparents, Charles and Lucile (Bartel) Vogelsang; and her very special aunt, Helen Barel, “Auntie.”

The rosary will be recited at 5 p.m., followed by a gathering until 7 p.m., Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., in Sterling. A gathering will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, followed by the Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Bruce Ludeke officiating. After the Mass, there will be a luncheon in the parish hall, and inurnment will be afterward at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Sterling.

Kathleen established a memorial scholarship that will assist graduates of Newman Central Catholic High School who are pursuing a degree in medicine. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Kathleen A. Dieterle Memorial Scholarship Tuition Fund at Newman Central Catholic High School, 1101 W. 23rd St., Sterling, IL 61081; or, donations may be made to Home of Hope of the Rock River Valley, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, IL 61021, that offers support for cancer victims and their family.

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