Dorothy Leaf (nee Di­et­zler) of West Ch­ester

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Dorothy Leaf (nee Di­et­zler) age 96, passed away on Sept. 29, 2016 at Bar­clay Friends Nurs­ing Home in West Ch­ester.

The daugh­ter of Frank A. Di­et­zler and Ellen (Costello) Di­et­zler, she was pre­de­ceased by her lov­ing hus­band, Edward J. Leaf, and sis­ter He­len Thorn Kramer. She is sur­vived by her brothers (John Di­et­zler and Fr. Fran­cisco Di­et­zler, O.C.S.O.) and chil­dren: Joseph (Mon­ica Guz­man), Suzanne Leaf McKay, Sr. Mar­ian Leaf, O.S.F., Ber­nadette (Charles Gur­tizen), Fran­cis (El­iz­a­beth Felker) and Dorothy (Jeff Foun­taine) as well as six­teen grand­chil­dren whom she adored, and many nieces and neph­ews.

Dorothy was a grad­u­ate of West Catholic High School for Girls and worked as a sec­re­tary be­fore mar­ry­ing. She was very ac­tive in par­ish life at SS. Peter and Paul Church in West Ch­ester, where she started a holy hour group, opened a re­li­gious gift shop, and par­tic­i­pated ac­tively in the par­ish Wi­dow’s Group. She was also a mem­ber of the Third Or­der of St. Fran­cis Fra­ter­nity in Spring­field for over a half cen­tury. As a se­nior cit­i­zen, she founded Leaf Tours and ran her sig­na­ture an­nual Cana­dian pil­grim­age to the Catholic shrines of Que­bec for many years as well as cross coun­try bus trips and other ex­cur­sions both here and abroad.

Rel­a­tives and friends are in­vited to at­tend her view­ing on Mon., Oc­to­ber 3, 2016 from 10:00am to 11:00am at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 1325 Boot Rd., West Ch­ester, PA. Her Fu­neral Mass will fol­low at 11:00am.

Burial is in St. Agnes Ceme­tery.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Sis­ters of St. Fran­cis Mis­sion Fund, Our Lady of An­gels Con­vent, 609 S. Con­vent Rd., As­ton, PA 19014 and/or SS. Peter and Paul Church, 1325 Boot Rd., West Ches- ter, PA 19380 and/or Bar­clay Friends Nurs­ing Home, 700 N. Franklin St., West Ch­ester, PA 19380.

Ar­range­ments are by Della-Vec­chia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Fu­neral Home, Inc. of West Ch­ester, PA 610696-1181; www.Del­laFH.com.

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