Betty A Dierdorf, 78, a lifelong resident of Center Township entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday, December 23, 2017 after suffering several years with the dreadful Alzheimer’s disease.
Born June 1, 1939 , she was a daughter of the late Paul LaVerne and Florence Housholder Lutz. While attending Monaca High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society and an officer in both the Order of Rainbow for Girls and 4-H Club. It was at Monaca High School where she met Donald J Dierdorf to whom she was later united in marriage on October 17, 1959. Prior to starting a family, she was employed as a secretary to the superintendent of Monaca Area Schools and later as the Board of Education secretary for the Center Township School District. Betty was a gifted seamstress who had won numerous awards for her talent in designing and creating clothing. Her awards included the 1st Place State Award 4-H Club for designing clothing and the Betty Crocker “Homemaker of Tomorrow” Award, both in 1957. She also was the 1st Place National Winner for a fashion and sewing contest for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1962. A few years later , she was the youngest person to win a luxurious month long trip around the world for two. The contest was hosted by Vogue Patterns for designing and creating an award winning dress. Betty also was active in the community. She was a former member of the Monaca Junior Women’s Club and a co founder and former President and Vice President of the Center Civic Women’s Club. The club could always count on Betty to create costumes for their performances or events.. Betty’s accolades included being selected as one of the Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Young Women of America in 1965 . For a number of years, she was a wardrobe consultant for Doncaster on Fifth Clothing Company and had previously designed wedding gowns. Betty enjoyed collecting thimbles and old sewing items and was a member of the Thimble Collectors International. She was also a member of the Monaca United Methodist Church.
She leaves her husband of 59 years, Donald J Dierdorf, a son, Douglas Dierdorf and his wife, Elizabeth of Denton, Texas. Two grandchildren, Amy Dierdorf of Denton and Andrew of Independence, Oregon. Two brothers, LaVerne (Marge) Lutz of Salem, Ohio and Kenneth (Monica) Lutz of Export. Several nieces and nephews and her tabby cat, Tiger.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, January 3rd, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca. Friends may also call on Thursday from 10 – 11 AM at the Monaca United Methodist Church, 813 Indiana Avenue, Monaca where her funeral services will be held at 11AM with her pastor, the Reverend Nancy K. Shute, officiating. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made, if desired in Betty’s memory to the Monaca United Methodist Church or the Beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Brodhead Road, Center Township, PA 15001
The family would like to thank Elmcroft of Chippewa and Grane Hospice for the compassionate care Betty received while at Elmcroft..
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