Amy Dietz, (54) of Port Matilda, born in New York City on 9/24/63. Remarkable, unstoppable, fearless and proud wife of Kevin Dietz, and mother of son Nicholas with his wife Meredith (Valparaiso, IN) and daughter Julie (Ardmore, PA) and friend to anyone who ever met her.
She was the daughter of the late Robert and June Thompson (of Jericho, NY) and her surviving birth father Richard Voigt and his wife Loretto (of Derwood, MD). She was the beloved daughter-in-law of Ray and Shirley Dietz (of Blanchard, PA) and sister-in-law of Linda and Thomas Walker (Mill Hall, PA).
Amy is also survived by her sister, Ellen Barnett and her husband Andy of Kennett Square PA, her brother Brian Thompson and his wife Carrie of Pound Ridge, NY and her brother David Thompson and his wife Josephine of Leawood, Kansas. In addition, Amy was the respected aunt of Lauren Gerst, Morgan Overturf, Ben and Sam Barnett, and Caroline and Jackie Thompson.
Amy passed away gently on March 11, 2018 at the Village of Penn State in State College, PA with her loving husband by her side.
Amy completed her Penn State undergraduate degree with Honors and became one of the first students in the College of Labor and Employee Relations 5-year Undergraduate/Graduate program, earning her Masters in HRER. Amy was an LER major, graduate of the Master’s program, staff member, academic advisor, and faculty member. She was a tremendous advocate to the School and was beloved by the students, faculty, and alums.
Amy was an avid marathon runner, triathlete, and group exercise enthusiast. She was as devoted an athlete as she was an advocate for anyone not as blessed, gifted or wondrous as she. She believed and symbolized justice, energy, fortitude and a thirst for all the wisdom, beauty and majesty that life could offer. To know Amy is to have at least once been awed by a level of energy that is as exhausting as it is wondrous. To know Amy is to see her crazy loves and enthusiasms and be baffled as to how anyone can have so much zeal for so many random things. If there are those people who live lives that never warranted one moment of frustration from others, there are also those like Amy, whose indefatigable drive will inspire and amaze. You will be left wondering how much force and energy could manage to find its way into a single life. Ultimately (with a combination of love and bemusement) you will conclude that can only be one Amy Dietz…to know her was to love her.
A celebration of Amy’s magical life will be held at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on April 14, 2018 at 10am with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Amy to the Women’s Resource Center, 140 W. Nittany Ave, State College, PA 16801.