Valentine Diehl

October 31, 1912December 13, 2013

Valentine Diehl of Houston, TX died at the age of 101 on December 13, 2013. Val was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Ann, his parents, George and Ursula, sisters and brothers Regina Brown, Clara Diehl, Mary Ann Philips, Nicholas and Fr. John Diehl. Val was born on October 31, 1912 and raised in Plantersville, Texas, then moved to Houston in 1936. The Knights of Columbus Council 2917, of which he became a member in 1936, was where Val loved to spend his time with his fellow Knights serving others. He became a Fourth Degree Knight in 1940. At his 100th birthday party many fellow Knights came to honor to him for his many years of dedicated service. Throughout his life, Val was a devout and active member of Christ the King Catholic Church where he served in numerous ways. He was a lector, commentator, parish council member, finance committee member, he served where he was needed. He volunteered to serve in the Navy in 1944. He served as Commander of Catholic War Veteran’s Post 1643 in 1948. He retired as a foreman after 42 years of service at Mission Mfg. Co/TRW. After his retirement he immediately began other service by volunteering at the North Main Food Pantry, where he worked until his late 80’s. Val’s life exemplified love, faith, honesty, integrity and patience. He blessed us each and every day by his example of strength, courage, love and patience.

Most residents and employees at St. Dominic Assisted Living, where he resided for the past 10 years, knew Val as sweet Pappa Diehl, the domino and ring toss champion. He loved his weekly bingo game, candy bars, and ice cream! He also loved to help lead the rosary every Friday with Sr. Ignatia and his friends, and he attended mass, Bible study and any activity he could—we are sure that is what kept him so “young”. He was blessed by his devoted caretaker, Norma who shared her love and daily dose of sunshine with Dad for many years. To name all the people that blessed his life would be impossible, but more than that how many people he blessed throughout his 101 years of life! He loved to fish, bowl, garden, and refinish furniture but most of his time was dedicated to family, faith and friends. He continued to teach us and bless our life each day. You could see the face of God in him and his smile radiated his love as he inspired and taught life lessons. He will be especially missed by his four daughters and their families—Mary Jo and Bruce Moffett and son Cory Watts, Valerie and Stormy Dowling and son Blake and family, Debbie and Mike Armstrong and children, Deann and Zac and his wife Kristen and great grandsons Caleb and Hudson, Barbara and Karl Fischer and their girls, Kayla, Anna and Carla.

Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited by The Knights of Columbus Council 2917 at 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2013, in Warren Chapel, at St. Dominic Village, 2401 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77021. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013, with the Very Reverend Norbert Maduzia, Jr., E.V., Celebrant, in Warren Chapel, followed by the Rite of Committal at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Val to St. Dominic Village, Attention: Ruth Stanley, 2401 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77021.



  • Visitation Monday, December 16, 2013
  • Rosary Monday, December 16, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 17, 2013


  • Rite of Committal

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Felecia Ortiz

August 18, 2014


I was catching up on some of my church bulletins and I saw where there was a mass for you Dad on August 3 - I didn't know he had passed away, so I "googled" him and found his obituary. 101 WoW! You Dad was amazing - but you know that! I have such great memories of him at your house during high school! My sympathy to you and your family. I know that your family is happy that he is reunited with the love of his life! I would love to see you! My cell number is 281-773-5051. Take care....

Bettye Castellese-Martinez

December 18, 2013

Barbara I am so happy your father was with you 101 years! Our sincere condolences and prayers to you and all your family. Bettye Castellese - Martinez and family.

December 16, 2013

may my papaw hug and kiss my mamaw, we truly lost a great man on friday, we need more like him to hold the world up !

Carol Widacki Martin

December 16, 2013

Barbara, I had lunch with Judy last week and we were talking about your Dad and family. Judy told me about his 100 year BD party! WOW! What a life. My sympathy to you & all the family. It's always hard to lose someone you love; he was so special.

Julia Reyser

December 16, 2013

Mary Jo, Valerie, Debbie, Barbara!My sincere condolences to you all and your families! Mr Diehl was wonderful and amazing person! I will miss him a lot!

Janis Winkler

December 16, 2013

Uncle Val was a true inspiration, the most kind, gentle and patient man. I remember him standing on the porch at the house on Cottage, we would be leaving from a visit. Aunt Mary Ann wanting to give each of us kids a quarter and dad telling us not to take it, back and forth they would go. Uncle Val just shaking his head at the 2 of them. So glad he is united with the many family members who have gone before him. Take care.

Rhonda Crawford

December 16, 2013

Val was a wonderful neighbor and friend. He always wanted to help me whenever he could. His smile and love for others was very contagious. I can remember he loved it when I would bring him food. He loved to eat and especially candy. His eyes would light up and a smile made it all worth it. He was one of the most positive people I had the pleasure to know. His love for his family. Country and friends were what kept him going for years. I am honored and very blessed to have you in my life. You have made the world a better place. He would always say. Your life is what you make it. On Halloween in 1912 a child was born. He became a light to the world and what an extraordinary life he lived. He blessed and loved beyond measure. The world has lost a wonderful man. God called him home to be with Mary Ann and the others. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. He touched my life and I have lost a mentor but, have so many great memories that I will take with me forever. He will be missed but never forgotten. Peace be with the daughters and their families.
He made me want to be a better person and strive to always do my best. He had a kind and kindred spirit. I know I have a guardian angel his name is Valentine. I am honored and blessed to have known him. There will be no other quite like you. I told him I would adopt him to be my Grandpa. He said "that will be ok but, you better ask your Grandpa first." Then he just smiled., You have left this world with a smile and lots of love and wonderful memories. Love to all.

Sue Ellen Stevens

December 15, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Debbie V

December 15, 2013

Your "daddy's" life was very inspiring. He's left you girls with ample examples of how to live and blessed you with many wonderful memories. Oh, the joy he must be having now in reuniting with Mary Ann!

Paul (Ollie) Brown

December 15, 2013

Uncle Val was a real inspiration to everyone with his zest for life. He is now at peace and has gone on to heaven to meet up with Aunt Mary Ann and his siblings, who have been waiting for him to join them. Prayers to the family.