Steve Alvin Dietz, 60, of Middleburg, passed away on Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, 2016.
He was born on May 14, 1956, in McVeytown, a son of the late William D. and Vera I. (Peters) Dietz.
Steve graduated from Selinsgrove High School in 1974 and Atlantic Schools, Inglewood, California, and later attended Susquehanna University. He began his career with PennDOT and later with the Selinsgrove Center, where he worked in therapeutic activity services, and retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Health with a total of 36 1/2 years of service from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
He was formerly affiliated with Daniel's-St. Thomas United Methodist Church, Mount Pleasant Mills where he served as organist and pianist and was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Middleburg where he served as organist for the last 15 years and choir director for five years. He was also a member of the Union County Sportsman's Club and Fremont Fire Department. For 15 years, Steve was vespers program accompanist for the Bloomsburg Fair, and was also a past board of director for Christkindl Market held in Mifflinburg. Steve was also a member of the Buffalo Valley Singers and was a rehearsal accompanist for the group.
Steve is survived by two brothers, Gary E. Dietz, of McClure, and Linn A. Dietz of Liverpool; one sister Sandra J. Wolf, of Selinsgrove, 13 nieces and nephews, 11 great nieces and nephews, one great great niece, and a vast number of near and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Carl Dietz.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 100 S. Main St., Middleburg, with his pastor, the Rev. William D. Jones officiating.
Burial will be private and at the discretion of his family and friends.
Memorial gifts may be made in loving memory of Steve to Emmanuel Lutheran Church or to Selinsgrove Area School District, subject: Steve A. Dietz memorial scholarship, c/o business office, 401 N. 18th St., Selinsgrove, PA 17870. "If God has given you one last breath of Life, use it to laugh."
The George P. Garman Funeral Homes, Inc., 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published on September 9, 2016