Mary Eleanor Dierstein

February 22, 1934March 29, 2014

Mary E. Dierstein passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 28, 2014, surrounded by her friends. Born February 22, 1934, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Eleanor and Roy Dierstein, both deceased. Mary graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1952, St. Francis College in 1956 and received her Master’s degree from Ball State University. Her professional life was spent teaching art in the DeKalb Public school system, Washington Township, New Haven Middle School and Snider High School. When Snider was built, she organized and set up the art department, where she taught for the next twenty-eight years. After her retirement, she taught photography in the Women’s Studies program at IPFW. Mary worked in oil, acrylic, silver and photography. She even made a sculpture out of steel, just to see if she could do it. As a teacher she believed every student had some artistic talent and she was happy to help them develop their special talent and share in their surprise. She still talked of many of her students and the projects they had created many years ago. Mary traveled a lot, especially to her beloved Ireland and was a fervent supporter of Indiana University sports. Lunches were still being shared with friends from her high school days. Every Friday, she met with the TGIF group of Snider retired teachers—which has been meeting for many years. Surviving are her oldest friends, Joyce Goggin and Rita Voors. Neighbors who have helped her over the years, Richard Ostheimer, Rodney and Marilyn Greusbeck, Ray Wanley and especially Deb Stachowiecz and Kristen Brouwer, who devoted the past year taking care of her needs. She also leaves behind her well-loved little Welsh Terrier, Ladybug. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Memorials to the Fort Wayne S.P.C.A. 4914 S. Hanna St.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mary Eleanor Dierstein

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John Schumacher

April 11, 2014

To my continuing long distance friend over the years...May you rest in peace.

Bruce & Lexxy & Schnitzel & Sheba Roth

April 2, 2014

We have known Mary and Ladybug in Emeritus (assisted living) since last year (dad lives down the hall). Mary was a wonderful person, cheerful and smiling, never too busy to visit and let us play with Ladybug. Mary will be well remembered - and thanks to her for her friendship and big smiles!
Sincerely, The Roths
Bruce, Lexxy, Schnitzel, Sheba (Carol and Charlie)

Ken Richardson

April 2, 2014


Phyllis Blakeman

April 1, 2014

I taught art with Mary for many years at Snider and have many happy memories> Herr talent and quick wit will be missed> Rest in Peace Mary

Elizabeth Singleton (Bakle)

April 1, 2014

Mary was a dear friend to my mom (Carol Bakle), who also taught at Snider High School. I'm sure they are catching up on things in Heaven right now.

Carey Parker

April 1, 2014

I had Mary for an art teacher and photography teacher, and she was a long-time friend of my mother. I enjoyed her classes very much, particularly the photography class. To this day, I enjoy taking artistic photos and I cherish my memories in the darkroom at Snider. I was very sad to hear about this tragedy and I wish the best to all her friends, most especially to her close teacher friends that were with her.... I'm so, so sorry.

Rosie Scranton

April 1, 2014

I remember being involved with Mary in the choir at Our Lady of Good Hope. A wonderful woman! May God's peace and strength be with her friends.