Shirley Ann McKibben Dietze, 77, of Cuero passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. She was born Jan. 25, 1943 in Watertown, New York to Dr. Barney and Lillian McKibben. She married Errol John Dietze on Sept. 5, 1964 in Temple, Texas. Shirley earned her Bachelor of Science, RN Nursing Degree from Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She was the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors for the Cuero Community Hospital, a 1988 board member of First-Hospice of Victoria (now known as Hospice of South Texas) as well as Cuero Country Club Board President from 1990 to 1991. She was an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church Choir and the Altar Society. She was a loving, loyal, and dedicated wife and mother.
She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Errol John Dietze, daughter, Kimberly Dietze Zarsky of Houston, son, Errol John “Johnny” Dietze, Jr. of Cuero, sisters, Ginger (Alan) Jones of Georgetown and Mary Jane (Mike) Imbimbo of San Antonio and sister-in-law, Majie Dietze (Steve) Takas of San Antonio.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Walter McKibben.
Shirley will lie in state on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 12-5 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Friday, Oct. 16, at 11:30 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery with Father Jasper Liggio officiating.
Honorary Pallbearers include Sam Clegg, Steve Takas, Paul Celauro, Murray Tarkington, Bubba Steen, Paul Holcomb, Sr., Jay Bramlette, Johnny Braniff, Hershal Ferguson, Dr. John Frels, Ricky Wheeler, Carlyle Stakes, Jerry Stevenson, Donnie Finch, Bob Davis, Charles Nagel, Curtis Wild, and Ray Reese.
The family thanks all the caretakers that have helped in this caring and trying time, especially Eva Cartwright, Brenda Priest, Sheryl Whitfield and Terri Jackson. We offer a sincere thanks to all of those at Cuero Home Health who have been so unselfish and dedicated to Shirley’s well-being for the past four to five years. The family especially wishes to acknowledge Nancy Doehrmann, Nancy Brown, Brynn Foulds, Karen Garrett, Margaret Pullin and Louisa Rosales.
Finally, Hospice of South Texas, Monroe Rieger, Andrea Hicks and all the nurses will forever be remembered for their dedicated care to Shirley and their compassion to our family. Thank you so very much for your service and friendship during this time.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of South Texas.
You may sign the guestbook or send condolences at www.freundfuneralhome.com.
Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.