STERLING – I, Aloysius J. Dieterle, on October 14, 2019, passed away at the age of 94.
Born July 20, 1925 in Santa Monica, California I was the first born of six sons to Earnest and Helen (Vock) Dieterle. Raised in Westwood, California (UCLA area, with vivid memories of Jackie Robinson), I was a very active child. Guided by my mother, I was involved as an altar boy, choir, and drum and bugle.
Driving at the age of eleven, I would load the lawnmower in my dad’s new ’37 Plymouth’s trunk and drive two blocks to mow lawns for fifty cents. I enjoyed western movies, traveling and a good medium rare steak. At the age of fifteen, my parents moved back to Illinois to become “tillers of the soil”.
At Community High School, I met a beautiful girl and after five years of chasing her (she didn’t run very fast), I married Mary A. Vogelsang on November 29, 1947. We shared 72 loving years together, raising a family of ten children.
I worked as a farmer, gas station owner, T.V. repairman and finally painting, learning the trade from my father. I enjoyed creating a reputable decorating business which started in 1950 and is still going today even though I retired in 2014 at the age of 89.
I enjoyed building houses (6) with bigger bedrooms and buying new cars (22+) with more seating for my growing family. I credit my wife, Mary, with the organizational skills to raise a family of ten children.
As a member of Sacred Heart, I have served in various capacities: lector, building committee, finance committee, usher and greeter.
I am survived by my children: Bill (Norma), Daryl (Cathy), Cheryl Gardner, Carol (Gary) Bardin, Al (Becky), Mary (John) Rahm, Donna (Gary) Robbins, Helen (Frank) Kappmeyer, and Julia (Charley) Kashou; 18 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren and counting; and brothers, John (Juene), Deacon James, Thomas (Kathie) and Richard (Donna).
I am preceded in death by my parents, Earnest and Helen; my wife, Mary, daughter, Kathleen; brother, Ernest; and sisters-in-law, Mary and Beryl.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling with Reverend Bruce Ludeke officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sacred Heart Church, Newman High School, St. Mary’s School or Hospice of the Rock River Valley.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.