Cape Coral, Fla.
Millie (Mildred) Mary Diehl, (almost 90), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Fla., surrounded by her loving family.
Millie was born on June 12, 1929, in Winona, Minn. Her parents were Joseph and Marie (Marsolek) Marshall.
Millie’s family members always referred to Millie as “Dollie,” as she was born prematurely and weighed only 3 pounds at birth. Millie grandmother kept “Dollie” warm on the opened oven door, the 1929 version of a modern-day incubator.
Millie graduated from Winona High School and Winona State Teacher’s College. She earned her master’s degree in education from SUNY Brockport and later enrolled at the University of New Hampshire, where she extended her studies in the writing process.
Millie taught over 900 students to read during her 38-year teaching career in the US and Europe. She taught in Roswell, N.M., Archer City, Texas, Houston, Texas, Verona, Italy and Mannheim, Germany. Millie met her future husband, Marv Diehl, who was serving in the military, while she was teaching in Mannheim. Marv and Millie were married in Bedford, on July 5, 1958, followed by a honeymoon in Yellowstone National Park.
Millie also taught in Rochester, N.Y., and later in the Batavia City School District, for a period of almost 30 years. Millie taught the writing process to teachers in schools throughout Genesee and Wyoming counties, while working for the Genesee Region Teacher Center (GRTC). Millie was voted “Teacher of the Year” at Robert Morris School before she retired in June 1994. Millie was a member of the Buffalo, Rochester and NYS Reading Associations. She served as president of the Genesee Region Orleans Wyoming (GROW) Reading Association for a period of two years.
Millie was a church member, Sunday school teacher, and a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Batavia, N.Y., for over 25 years. She was a volunteer for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Millie was a “DIY” remodeler: She painted, hung wallpaper and refinished furniture in her lovely home at 34 Redfield Parkway in Batavia, N.Y. Millie and her family hosted an annual Christmas Eve party for their neighbors and church members for more than 25 years. Millie created dozens of sets of “Winnie to Pooh” stuffed animals for family and friends’ children. She remembered her nieces and nephews with special books on each of their birthdays.
During their married life, Millie and Marv traveled extensively to 40 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. In retirement, Millie and Marv spent 20 years traveling in their RV to nearly all continental North America including all 62 U.S. National Parks.
Millie is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years, Marv Diehl; her son, Scott (Lauren) Diehl of San Carlos, Calif.; and her daughter, Tracy Diehl of Jacksonville, Fla. Surviving along with their parents are Millie’s grandchildren, (Tracy’s children) Greg Drew, Kristina Drew and Jake Drew and (Scott’s children) Dakota Diehl, Sienna Diehl and Cameron Diehl. Also surviving are Millie’s two brothers, Raymond (Irene) Marshall of Panama City, Panama and Jack Marshall of Cleveland, Ga., along with many nieces and nephews.
Millie will be remembered as an intelligent, ambitious, teacher, traveler, reader and lifelong learner. She was a compassionate and caring, wife, parent, family member and friend who touched the lives of everyone she met and made the world a better place.
As per Millie’s request, there will be no public service. Burial will be in Everett, Pa. Memorials to Millie Diehl may be sent to “Richmond Memorial Library, Attention Alice Zito, 19 Ross Street, Batavia, NY 14020.”