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Charles E. Dieteman, a Lewiston-Porter High School science teacher who retired from Merck & Co., died Saturday (Nov. 21, 1998) in his Dorchester Road home. He was 53.

Dieteman had been under the care of Niagara Hospice.

Born in Erie, Pa., he was a 1963 graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School for Boys and a 1967 graduate of Gannon College, where he earned a bachelor of science degree. He earned a master of science degree from Niagara University in 1971.

He was a senior professional representative in the Human Health Division of Merck for 20 years, retiring in November 1997.

He also taught science at Lewiston-Porter High School and St. Peter's Elementary School, both in Lewiston, and at Cathedral Prep School in Erie.

He also operated Chuck Dieteman Home Improvement Co.

Dieteman was an active member of Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church and served as president and vice president of the Parish Council and as a member of the Parish Finance Committee.

He taught religious education for nearly 30 years at Catholic churches, including St. Peter's in Lewiston, St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus and Our Lady of Lebanon, where he also was director of religious education for three years.

Dieteman was a member of the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors of the Western New York Arthritis Foundation.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Mary K. Sipple; a son, Francis W.; three daughters, Kathryn M. of Washington, D.C., Margaret L. Anderson of Pittsburgh and Sarah E.; a brother, Dr. David F.; three sisters, Mary Louise Denny, Susan M. Schmitt and Ann D. Dieteman-Thayer, all of Erie; and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday in St. Peter's Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St., Erie, after prayers at 12:20 in Brugger Funeral Home, 1595 W. 38th St., Erie.

Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery, Erie. [nfschr]

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