Mary Jane Dittrich age 73 passed away at Rochester Methodist Hospital on
Sunday February 22, 2015.
Mary Jane was born on October 5, 1941 to Marcus and Lucille (Lyden) Dittrich.
She graduated from Plainview High School in 1959 and furthered her education
at Winona Secretarial School. Mary Jane worked as a medical secretary at
Gunderson Clinic, Lacrosse and also a legal secretary in Milwaukee,WI and
Pompano Beach Florida. After moving to Stockton California she was
self-employed. Later she was an event planner for the City of Stockton
She moved to Greensboro, NC in 2002 where she often worked with her
sister-in-law, Cynthia, in her custom sewing business.
She volunteered for outreach programs in Stockton and for Greensboro Adult
Mary Jane was a force of nature. With her snapping blue eyes and colorful
personality she could light up a room and have you laughing in no time.
Mary Jane was a life long learner with a wide array of interests from gardening,
decorating, sewing reading and traveling. She loved making gourmet meals for
family and friends.
She was also the family historian and delighted in compiling a family album with
old photos and detailed stories.
Mary Jane is survived by siblings , Wayne Dittrich, Plainview, MN., John (Pat)
Dittrich, Kellogg, MN., Kay (Bob) Rodrigue, Stanchfield, MN., Connie (Mike)
Schad, Zumbro Falls, MN., Mark (Margaret) Dittrich, St. Paul, MN., Terry
(Cynthia) Dittrich, Greensboro, NC., Rene (Brian) Schneider, Plainview, MN.,
Antoinette (Chip) Brumm, Lakeville, MN., and Michele (Bob) Jech, Eyota, MN.,
and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marcus and Lucille Dittrich; siblings,
Ervin and Margaret Dittrich, husband, Caesar Cortez, and great niece, Josie
Funeral Mass will be Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at St. Joachim's
Catholic Church in Plainview with Father William Becker officiating. Burial will be
at the St. Joachim's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the
service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: American Red Cross, Carolinas
Region, P.O. Box 14710, Greensboro, NC., 27414, or, Greensboro Public
Library, Glenwood Branch, P.O. Box 3178, Greensboro, NC., 27402-3178
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 57 3rd St S.W., Plainview, MN, 55964,