Mary Lou and I were sisters growing up with our brother Jesse Dietz and our parents in New Jersey. I was the youngest, and Mary Lou and Jesse took great delight in teasing me when we were home alone.
Mary Lou was intelligent and took on activities that were helpful to people. When she was about 16, she surprised me with a rag doll complete with clothing that she made "from scratch".
When she was old enough to leave home, Mary Lou went to secretarial school in New York City, rented an apartment, and supported herself.
She frequented a particular meat market, where Jerry Bartunek held an important position. He took note of Mary Lou, they dated, and eventually they married.
When Mary Lou began working on our Dietz family history, she had Jerry drive her around to cemeteries, court houses, etc, to gather information. She researched extensively, finding and meeting relatives we never knew we had.
Now there's a collection of books, scrapbooks, photo albums, etc, that she wanted to find a home for long before her death. My son Steve enjoys history and showed an interest. As best I remember, Mary Lou was happy to know that the fruits of all her work would have a home some day when she was gone.
Mary Lou and I did not agree about everything in life, of course, yet I feel blessed that we had much in common, and I have many happy memories of my sister
Jim & Family ,
So sorry for your loss , your Mom was a wonderful woman . I was lucky to have met her and shared some fun memories .