Rayanne Christine Dietrich

19 October , 196629 December , 2018

Rayanne Christine Dietrich, age 52, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at McMaster in Hamilton, following a long, courageous battle against a brain tumor.

She was born on October 19, 1966, in Kitchener to Carl (deceased) and Alice (Baechler) Dietrich. She married Jamie McCarl on September 20, 2008. Prior to her illness, she worked as an accountant. Rayanne lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family, shopping, gardening, and loving her many cats. Rayanne is survived by her husband Jamie; her stepchildren Matthew and Mallory, and granddaughter McKenzie; her brother Robert Dietrich (partner Jackie), and sister Rosemarie Ganassin (husband Jack); nieces Jessica and Jillian Dietrich and Katie Ganassin; nephews Eric and Mark Ganassin (partner Lisa Barrett and children), John and Joshua Dietrich, and goddaughter Myranda Loker. Family, friends, and others whose lives Rayanne touched are invited to a visitation at Barthel Funeral Home (566 Queenston Road, Cambridge) on Thursday, January 3rd from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Funeral Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by a reception at 205 Eagle St. North, Cambridge (Social Room) to reminisce, grieve, support each other, and chat. Please wear bright colours in honour of Rayanne’s spirit. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada are welcome.



  • Visitation Thursday, 3 January , 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, 3 January , 2019


  • Reception

Rayanne Christine Dietrich

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Lu-Ann Loker

31 December 2018

Dearest Rayanne
We met in grade 10, and I have so many wonderful memories of you I couldn't possibly say them all , from high school dances, vacations when we were teenagers, my wedding, birth of Myranda, your wedding and so many more. I never would have met my wonderful husband & had my amazing daughter if it wasn't for you putting that ad in the pennysaver for my 20th birthday that I didn't have the courage to do, you always saw the good in me that I couldn't see for myself. I will miss our outings getting our toes done then going to the Dairy Queen more than I can express. Getting a pedicure will never be the same anymore, but I will always have my wonderful memories of doing it with you. I love you so much and will be able to go on knowing that you are finally not in pain and are at peace. You will be right there with us at Myranda's wedding because you will always be in our hearts. If you come back as a hummingbird, make sure you come to our feeder, I will be looking for you.

Dale Dietrich

31 December 2018

Except for the odd funeral, haven’t seen Rayanne personally in decades. Yet she has been a happy part of my life almost every day for the last decade with her Facebook posts. We had running jokes and poked fun at each other as to whether cats were better than dogs. It was clear that she loved cats, she loved her family and she loved her husband Jamie above all. I will miss her daily contributions to making my life more enjoyable. So sad!! I will miss you Rayanne!

Myranda Loker

31 December 2018

My dear Auntie Rayanne,
I am still in disbelief that you are gone. It is truly not fair but I know your are now pain free and at ease with happiness. You were a true blessing in life, always happy, spunky and cheery. Your love for nature and animals was truly admirable and you always tried to see the better in people. I will never forget our penpal letters growing up, the most awesomeness of gifts as a child (and adult too hehe), our lunch and shopping dates every other Friday. Our backyard talks, our weightloss journies (you were always my biggest supporter) my first encounter with a psychic, our love for cats and cows!! You always knew what to say to make me feel better over a dumb ex boyfriend and the challenges of fake friends. I will cherish these memories forever Auntie Rayanne! I am thankful that you got to meet my future husband Ray and I know you loved him, he's definitely like my dad as you say lol. It's gonna be hard not having you there on our wedding day but I know you will be with me watching from up above. I love you forever! Until we meet again 💜