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Patricia Dietze

Patricia Dorothy Ann Hepner-Coulson-Dietze, born August 14th, 1927 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed peacefully, as a devoted Catholic, surrounded by loved ones, on Friday May 18th, 2018, age 90, in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Young Patty Hepner, traveling with her parents for work, lived for a time in Cherryvale, Kansas. Then to Adrian, Michigan where she completed high school at the Saint Joseph Academy. The family returned to Chicago, where she eventually met Joseph Coulson and was married.  As Mrs. Coulson she was a loyal mother who fiercely raised seven children while continuing her education. She received a Bachelor's of Arts degree and teaching credential from Mundelein College in Chicago, Illinois. As an elementary school teacher with the Chicago Board of Education for nearly twenty years, it is well known that she had a lasting influence on the young students she taught. After divorce and years as a single parent she remarried becoming Mrs. Elmer Dietze, and a step mother to four more children. Always in pursuit of higher education; she received a Master's degree in Education and Career Counseling from University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. She was governor of the Toast Masters International Convention, Illinois Women's state championship archer, and Senior Olympic gold medal swimmer. She was active in her church, played music, enjoyed knitting, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her sister, Rosalie Joan Mc Dowell and her extended family; seven children, Margaret Coulson- Kaufman-Sullivan, Joseph Coulson, Barbara Coulson-Sorin- Stamm, Judith Spencer, Daniel Q. Coulson, Richard Coulson, Patricia Coulson-York; four step children, Naomi, Michelle, Theresa, Mark and their extended families; grandchildren, Maryann Kaufman-Makkonen and Richard Kaufman, David Coulson, Arie Sorin, Sean and Ryan Spencer, John and Matthew Coulson, Daniel T. Coulson, Sean York and Julianna York-Baxter; great grandchildren, Jessica and Garret Makkonen, Skylar and Chance Kaufman, Destin Sorin, Phoenix and Quentin Spencer, Madeleine, Kathryn, and Alexander Coulson. Preceded in death by her parents Herman Rudolph and Margaret Agatha Hepner, brother Robert Hepner, her first husband Joseph Coulson, second husband Elmer Dietze , and grandchildren; Jessie Sorin, Tammy Kaufman and Kelsi Makkonen. Her remains will reside in the protection of her family. This is the legacy of a strong women whose definition of success was "a warm home, food on the table, and a loving family". She will be missed as she reminds us to "love one another". A memorial service will be held on June 2, 2018, from 10 - 3pm at Cooney Funeral Home, 625 Busse Hwy, Park Ridge, Il. 60068 For information please call 847-685-1002 or visit

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