Elaine Dieterich, Former Head Cook for Avon Lake Schools

Former member of Saddle Club and Lorain County Fair

Elaine Dieterich (nee Gates), 85, of Avon Lake, passed away on Jan. 29, 2013 after a short illness. She was born on June 30, 1927 in Avon Lake.

Elaine graduated from Avon Lake High School. She was a head cook for the Avon Lake City Schools for 35 years. Elaine was a member of the Avon Lake Saddle Club and a member of the Lorain County Fair for 50 years. She loved Ireland and her favorite animals included horses and cats.

Elaine's survivors include her daughter, Becki Kidder (Tom) of Avon Lake; brother Lawrence Gates (Lillian deceased) of Avon Lake; grandchildren Colleen Siegert (Eric), Laura Weakland (Bruce), Jill Carpenter (Mike), and Brandon Gates; great-grandchildren Austin, Brooke, Blake, Jacob, and Jenna; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents, Gervas and Mary Ann Gates; husband of 42 years Rolland Dieterich; and son David Dieterich.

Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake from 4 p.m. -8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4. Funeral service will take place at the funeral home Tuesday, at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Garden, Avon.

For more information or to send an online condolence visit www.buschfuneral.com.

Information courtesy of Busch Funeral Home.

Jim King February 05, 2013 at 07:14 AM
Great Lady! I worked for her part time my senior year at ALHS in the dish room of the cafeteria. She was funny and always had a smile or a kind word for everyone she talked to. Can you imagine all the kids that she knew and loved, wow! RIP Mrs D. you were loved and respected. God Bless and Keep You!!
Lori E. Switaj February 05, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Thanks Jim. It's always those longtime workers, the ones who always had a smile on their faces we remember best. I'm sure she's remembered by a ton of former students.
JOHN WEDELL February 07, 2013 at 02:49 AM
mrs D we will all miss you !!!! you were an icon to the long time people of AL ... so many stories not only about AL but many years at the fair!!!!! i think even some horses might miss you also!!!! may you rest in peace with your husband and my old friend david......ah yes the kitchen at the high school what fun!!!!! john wedell


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