February 26, 1922 - June 23, 2016
Born in Bismarck, ND
Resided in Cincinnati, OH
"Ginny" as she was known, was born on February 26, 1922 in Bismarck North Dakota to Schuyler DeKamp Dietz and Lucille (Warden) Dietz. She was the youngest of four girls and is preceded in death by her sisters, Mildred "Mimi" Dietz, Harriett Woodbury, and Louise Paulsen.
Ginny lived her early years in Bismarck and in the ninth grade her father's work moved them to Fargo North Dakota. It was her years in North Dakota, land of plains and big sky, where she developed her life-long love of clouds and sky, a gift she has passed on to her children and grandchildren. Her father worked with Nash Finch, a food wholesaler and even in the difficulties of the depression, he was able to provide his family with fresh fruit and vegetables. Throughout Ginny's life, she retained that love of fruit and veggies. Consistent with life on the northern plains, her Dutch/German heritage, and the times in which she grew up, Ginny was a strong, tough, and disciplined individual who coped with hard times yet could always see the good in people and circumstances. Just like the sky and fruits, these qualities she instilled in her children and those around her.
At the young age of 18, a proudly independent Ginny boarded a train and left Fargo and the security of the family to be on her own and to come to Cincinnati and commence college at Mount Saint Joseph where in 1945 she completed a five-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Her choice of Cincinnati, and her career in nursing, inspired by one of her high school teachers and early mentors – an individual with her own conquered disabilities – and ultimately that role model inspired her to eventually not only nurse but also eventually teach. It was during her college years that she committed to becoming a Catholic, a decision which nevertheless was not greeted by acceptance from her father. Her faith nurtured in those years served her well in difficult times to come.
Ginny met a hometown Cincinnati boy, John Richard Meyer and the two were married. In the early years, Ginny helped her husband and his family in the business they owned, Meyer's Tavern in Northside. Eventually, John and his brother sold the business and he started a career in real estate. During those years of family work and raising her two boys, Ginny did not maintain her nursing career. Unfortunately, life can take some cruel twists and she ended up being her husband's "nurse" during the nearly two years he battled cancer, ultimately succumbing to the disease on Christmas Day 1966.
Left with two boys but a strong and supportive family around her, Ginny re-learned her nursing skills, returned to Good Samaritan hospital in nursing and became a teacher of nursing in the adult education program of Cincinnati Public Schools. She taught in the LPN program for many years. During that time, her discipline and commitment served her students well with not a single one failing state board exams. Ginny's strength through those widowed years served as a role model to her two boys and despite many challenges, she sacrificed so that her boys could get the best education possible.
It was also during those years that Ginny met the second love of her life, Edward Charles Redlin. A life-long accountant , an employee of General Electric and loyal alumni of Miami University, Edward too had lost a spouse to cancer. The two were married on October 17, 1970. "Sweet Remarkable" Edward as she called him and Cutie as she was known shared their life, merged their families into a strong and loving unit, and traveled the country and the world. The two loved to hike, Edward taught Ginny to cross country ski. Again, life's cruel twists struck with her "Sweet Remarkable" Edward ultimately passing from cancer on September 29, 1991.
Ginny remained strong and resolute. Her now merged and larger family is loving and close, sharing holidays and parties together. Thanksgiving has always been a favorite with Ginny hosting all at her house and then the condo. Everyone pitches in and the noise at times has been deafening and the wine flowing freely and Ginny, the hostess with the "mostest". Ginny loved to travel and did so with family and her many friends. She especially loved the mountains and claims the Tetons as her "own". Despite being a widow twice over to cancer, Ginny lived a full and happy life. Then a cruel twist struck again, this time with Ginny battling her own breast cancer at the age of 89. Another challenge now conquered, but at this point, Ginny was done with health care. As she aged to 94, Ginny remained happy, excellent at faking being able to hear conversation around her, and always ready to enjoy her Jim Beam at happy hour. Even as her health failed and cancer returned in her last days, she remained strong and surrounded by a loving family. Ginny had a wonderful sense of humor and could laugh through even the toughest of times. She was a master of vocabulary, corrected her sons on the proper use of English, loved to sing, loved her birds, was always more concerned with how others were doing, and never complained.
In her later years, Ginny shared with her daughter-in-law, Vicki, her life story which fortunately for the family was bound into a book in 2012. In it she is quoted, "I think life is about accumulation. Not just things, but knowledge, love, memories. I like to think that at the end of my life my "balance sheet" will tip more heavily to the profit than the loss side. I know it will. I've been given this small pocket of time in which to live my life. Within it, I have a beautiful family. I have wonderful friends. I include both those living and the ones who have left this earth. I've had a challenging and rewarding career. I've been loved by two extraordinary men. I've had the opportunity to travel across this exquisite planet, and while my spirit and soul long to continue, my body says, "no more!" With all these profits I have experienced loss. I believe you can't know loss until you've had profit. But I'd do it all again. When I leave this good earth all that I can take with me is love. Everything else, including my unwilling body, will be dust, dust in my pocket."
Her family will miss her deeply but is left with wonderful memories and her strength of character. She will be always with us and may she rest now in peace, and in God's pocket.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206 or www.cancer.org
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