Jerry W. Dieter, 77, of Finksburg, died on Monday evening August 5, 2019, at his home after a lifetime battle with juvenile diabetes. Born on November 14, 1941 in Baltimore, he was the son of the late William George Dieter and Helen Catherine McGinnity. Jerry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Justina “Judy” Dieter.
Jerry spent 30 years working as a supervisor at Bethlehem Steel before retiring in 1990. He was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching the Baltimore Orioles, Colts, Ravens and the Baltimore Blast. In his prime, those who knew Jerry could find him on the baseball and soccer fields coaching youth and high school sports. Most of his career was spent coaching teams at the Shrine of the Little Flower, his home parish in Baltimore, MD. Jerry also coached girls’ soccer at The Catholic High School in Baltimore. In 1995 his team won the league championship and in that same year he was named the Baltimore Sun High School Coach of the Year. In 1997, the Old Timer’s Soccer Association honored Jerry with the John A. Schmid award, for his extended service to the game of soccer in the State of MD.
In his younger years Jerry enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball and bowling in the local duckpin league. More recently his time was spent with family, his dogs, doing crossword puzzles and watching the Price is Right.
Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by 5 children, David Dieter and wife Sandy Leavens of Louisville, KY, Dawn Vranicar and husband Peter of Red Lion, PA, Tracie Amey and husband Michael of Westminster, MD, Melody McMahon and husband Todd of Sykesville, MD, Jason Dieter and wife Karen of Abingdon, MD; one brother Brian Dieter and wife Margie of Baltimore, MD; six grandchildren Jennifer Raines and husband Matt, Ronnie Brandt, Josh Brandt and wife Megan, Ryan Dieter, Katlyn Dieter, and Walter Petrov; five great-grandchildren Mya, Olivia, Robbie, Wyatt, and Reid.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe Street, Westminster. The Mass will be followed by a Celebration of Life at St. John’s Portico. Father Mark Bialek will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association at https://www.jdrf.org/donate/.
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