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Katherine Helen Dietz


Katherine Helen Dietz, 75, of Saginaw, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, in her home with her loving family by her side.

Katherine was born Dec. 28, 1938, in Chicago, to Howard and Elizabeth Murray. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from Parker High School. On May 8, 1956, she married Clarence "Sonny" Dietz in Valparaiso, Ind. After high school she worked as an operator in the Sears Tower for Illinois Bell and was a proud member of St. Leo the Great Parish. In 1969 Katherine, Sonny and their two oldest children moved to Cloquet where she then worked for Moose Lake State Hospital for 20 years.

Katherine was very involved with her family and her love for her grandchildren was her passion in life. Her grandchildren always referred to her as "Nana."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence "Sonny" Dietz; son Steven Dietz; infant daughter Karen Ann Dietz; parents Howard and Elizabeth Murray; and brother Howard Murray Jr.

Katherine is survived by her daughters, Victoria (Eric Sr.) Dietz-Taylor of Cloquet and Kathleen (Greg) Pedersen of Saginaw; sisters Patricia (Ed) Callahan of Stevenson, Wash., and Lillian Murray and Beth Bray, both of Chicago; sister-in-law Mary Olish of Chicago; grandchildren Donovan Dietz of Saginaw, Daniel and Nissa Dietz of Cloquet and Katelyn and Kasey Pedersen of Saginaw; and was a beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Essentia hospice for helping Katherine to remain in her home with her loved ones. The family would also like to thank Kelley Barney and Linda Anderson for their loving support, hard work, and for being a part of our family.

VISITATION: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet, and 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Wednesday, April 23, in Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. A luncheon will follow. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, see