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A Mass of Christian Burial for John J. Dietrich, an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Lake View Volunteer Fire Department, was offered today in the church in Lake View.

Prayers were said in the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Hamburg. Burial was in St. Vincent Cemetery, North Evans.

Dietrich, 87, died Saturday (Dec. 22, 1990) in his Lake View home.

Born in Buffalo, Dietrich received a degree in accounting from Canisius College in 1926.

In 1944, he moved to Lake View, where he began to serve as an usher at Masses at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a position he held for many years. He also organized the Ushers Club in 1967.

Dietrich and his late wife, Marie, organized a Cub Scout pack in 1944. He also was active with Troop 593 of the Boy Scouts. He was honored for his activities on behalf of Catholic Scouting in 1956 and received Scouting's Silver Beaver Award in 1960.

He was elected president of the Holy Name Society and organized the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1951. He was secretary of the society for 11 years.

A trustee of the parish, he started bingo in 1961 and organized the parish council in 1967. He was commissioned an extraordinary minister of the parish in 1974.

Dietrich joined the Lake View Volunteer Fire Company in 1944 and began his 35-year tenure as fire company treasurer the following year.

He was an active firefighter for 46 years, a life member of the Erie County Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firefighters. He served as treasurer of the Volunteer and Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Association.

He was a member, past president and treasurer of the Lake View Community Association, a trustee of Lake View School District 12 and treasurer of the Home School Association at St. Vincent de Paul School in North Evans.

He worked for Bell Aircraft during World War II and then was employed as manager of the storeroom at American Machine Foundry. He also was an accountant at Greater Buffalo Press.

Survivors include two sons, Richard of Lake View and Paul of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Rose I. of Flint, Mich., and four grandchildren.

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