Caroline M. Dieterle
1937 - 2023
Caroline will be missed even though my time was only in the last two years. She was very nice and clearly educated and taught me a few things about plants that i never would have sought to discover. I know that i only took care of her lawn care I enjoyed good conversation with her every time i came by to service it. My sympathies go to her family and ones who she was closest with, she will be sorely missed and the world just lost a wonderful woman.
I spent six years on NewPi board with Caroline. While we did not always agree, i had no doubt as to her commitment to the coop and the principles of healthy living, with respect for all things natural. I learned a great deal from her. She will be missed.
I can see her smile and hear her chuckle still. Caroline was a true friend and a bright spirit.
My sincere condolences to all of her friends & family.
I served for many years with Caroline on the board of New Pioneer. She was a vociferous advocate for New Pi and its mission, often spurring lively debate in our board meetings. She was passionate about her beliefs, and I always respected her willingness to vigorously debate with others with whom she disagreed. I will always remember her fondly and will miss her greatly.
I was shocked to hear this, she was truly ageless. I am so happy I got to visit with her for a few hours this past May. I worked with Caroline at the Academic Advising Center. It was a great time and Caroline always kept our staff meetings very lively. She is my model/hero for my gardening. I am so sorry for our loss.
I am sorry to read this. With much sympathy to Caroline's family--she was a huge asset to her community.
Emily, Anna, and Jennie - I am so incredibly sorry to hear of your mom's sudden death. She was an incredible person and will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to you all. Jenny Ritchie (nee Fitch)
I had the opportunity to work with her on the Iowa City Community School grounds and school garden advisory committee. Her efforts were in best interest of the children and the community.
I feel honored to have known her. She accomplished so much through all her work and activities. Her loss will be felt throughout the community, but her example will be an inspiration for many others working for social justice, fairness, the environment.
It was a true privilege to know Caroline. So serious AND so light-hearted. The community, the state of Iowa have lost an invaluable friend.
Caroline was an awesome advising colleague. Such wisdom, always imparted with that twinkle in her eye.
What to say about Caroline Dieterle? The obituary that appears here (and in today's Press-Citizen) pretty much says it all - and very well. I was especially pleased to see the Schopenhauer quotation at the end. Caroline was always there, fighting for truth at stages one and two, and if we got to stage three, she never took credit for that earlier work.
I knew Caroline for almost fifty years, and chatted or exchanged emails with her often. In the last year or two, when I encountered her, we rarely spoke. Caroline would just give me that knowing impish smile and we'd both roll our eyes. I told one of her closest friends that my regret is that she won't be around to see the incarceration of Donald Trump (and I hope all of us are).
On behalf of the Iowa City Public Library I want to share our condolences on the passing of Caroline. Caroline was a long-time Library patron and supported the ICPL for 43 years with gifts and donations of books that she wanted to see added to our collection for the enjoyment and education of our community. Her impact will continue to be felt and she will be missed by Library staff who came to know her well over the years.
On a personal note, I knew Caroline through many different connections and was always impressed by her fierce devotion to issues she championed. I enjoyed reading her articles and loved running into her out and about, stopping to chat about the issues of the day, always learning something new to inform my opinion. She was someone who truly lived in our community, invested in our collective future, and always interested in expanding the circle to include more people of different backgrounds and perspectives. She modeled an effective and passionate way to create positive community change. Our community is better because of her.
Thank you, Caroline!
I worked with Caroline at the advising center and she was a force for good! She taught me so much about connecting with students and meeting them where they are! Caroline you will be missed.
I was lucky enough to have worked with Caroline at the academic advising center. She was a constant source of knowledge and truth. Truly exceptional human being.
It was a privilege to know Caroline. She was tough, forthright, honest and persistent. I knew her from the Sierra Club and ACLU local chapters, and then the Iowa Civil Rights Council, when the ACLU disbanded the local chapter. All of us who knew Caroline will miss her.
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