Sherry S. Dietrick, 81, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Monday, September 11, 2023, at Park Place Elder Living in Mt. Pleasant.
Sherry Sue Rader was born January 31, 1942 in Warrensburg, Missouri. She was the daughter of Joseph Strauss and Sarah Elizabeth (Richmond) Rader. She moved to New London in 1956. She graduated from New London High School in 1960 and furthered her education at Southeastern Community College, obtaining her CNA certification. She was united in marriage to Glen Flachman and the couple later divorced. On August 1, 1988 at the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Sherry was united in marriage to Richard Franklin Dietrick.
Sherry lived for a time in Lake View, IA and worked as the Activities Director for a nursing home in Wall Lake, IA. Returning to Southeast Iowa, she worked at the former Henry County Home and then as a CNA at the Henry County Health Center. She had also worked at the Mustang Market in New London.
Sherry was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant and one of the Church Circles of the church. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post #2561 of Mt. Pleasant. Sherry volunteered at the Fellowship Cup with the Summer Sacks Lunch Program. She enjoyed time reading and playing cards in her card club. A devoted lover of animals, she donated to many causes to help in the care of stray animals. 20 years ago, Sherry adopted a rescue cat, Sophie, with whom she had a special bond for all those years.
Those thankful for sharing in Sherry’s life include Richard Dietrick of Mt. Pleasant; 2 children – Kristi Brown and her husband Michael of Comfort, TX and Barry Flachman of Davenport, IA; 2 step children – Julie Volosin and her husband David of Dunwoody, GA and Jeff Dietrick and his wife Denise of Mt. Pleasant; a half-brother and half-sister, Marta Murphy of Wichita, KS and Carlen Rader of Conway Springs, KS; 2 grandchildren – William Flachman and Gena Purdy and her husband Chase; a great granddaughter – Hazel Purdy; a step granddaughter – Carley Dietrick and a step great grandson – Easton Dietrick.
Her father Joseph Rader, mother Sarah Rader Miller, stepfather Maynard Miller, brothers Jim and David Rader, stepbrother Larry Miller and stepsister Donna Morrison precede Sherry in death.
Friends may call to greet the family from 1-3 PM on Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. A private family graveside funeral service will follow at Burge Cemetery, New London with the Rev. Court Fischer, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the All God’s Creatures Animal Shelter, Mt. Pleasant. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfh.com