Leona “Onie” Dittrich
NEW ULM — Leona “Onie” Dittrich, age 88, of New Ulm, passed away Friday, July 20, 2018, surrounded by her family at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Gerald Meidl celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm.
Leona is survived by her daughters, Nancy (John) Ginkel and Mary (Kevin) Henle; sons, Tom “Smokey” Dittrich and Carol Wendland, Bill (Laura) Dittrich and Steve “Kirky” (Corrine) Dittrich all of New Ulm; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren;
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 70 years, and best friend Stanley “Blazer” Dittrich. Stanley went to Heaven on 4/13/18. Her parents, Andrew and Augusta Hippert and sister, Lillian Bode.
Leona “Onie” (Hippert) Dittrich was born on February 23, 1930, at Loretto Hospital in New Ulm, MN, to Andrew and Augusta (Marks) Hippert. She attended District 54 School in Courtland, graduated from New Ulm Public High School in 1948. She married Stanley Dittrich on September 9, 1948 at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm by Reverend Les Krzmarzack. The couple lived in rural Lafayette for 2 years, and then moved to New Ulm in 1951. She worked for Somsen-Somsen from 1948-1949. In 1966 she worked at the Kaiserhoff as a waitress until 2007, 41 years. She was a past member of New Ulm Country Club and was an avid golfer. She was a volunteer at the Brown County Historical Society for 22 years in the research department, a member of the Glockenspiel Club, the German Bohemian Society, Garden Club, and St. John’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church since 1951.
One of Onie’s greatest victories was that she was a five-time cancer survivor.
Her hobbies were golfing, flower gardening, bowling and cooking. She was an avid researcher, publishing “The Hippert-Dauer Family Tree” book in 1985. Above all else, she loved to spending time with her family.
Family prefers living memorials to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oak Hills Living Center Activities/ Happy Hour or donor’s choice. The family requests the above donations no flowers please.