Judith Ann E. Dietzen, age 86, of the Chautauqua
County Home in Dunkirk, formerly of Fredonia, passed away on Saturday (June 27, 2009).She was born on April 18, 1923, the daughter of
the late Merle Nelson Wells and Effie Gibbs Wells Dougherty Rowley.Mrs. Dietzen was the Ex-ecutive Director of the Fredonia Chamber of Com-merce for 25 years. She started many activities which became annual events, including Family Day, Look-Alike Contest, Attic and Seller Days, Mystery Santa, Santa's Missing Reindeer, Scarecrow Contest, Christmas Baskets for the Lonely, and in 1965, a telephone warning system for merchants. A certified American Red Cross Instructor for more than 20 years, Mrs. Dietzen served as secretary for the Northern Chautauqua Red Cross for eight years and as
director of the Chautauqua Red Cross for six years. She was active in the Empire State First Aid Association of New York State and received two meritorious life-saving efforts awards. One of these awards was presented to her by the late former governor, Nelson Rockefeller.
The Chautauqua County Firemen's Association honored her for her 25 years of service, for directing and manning the First Aid Station at the Stockton Gala Days. Mrs. Dietzen also started the Dietzen Babysitting Classes in 1957 in Fredonia, Westfield, Forestville, Brocton, Silver Creek, Gowanda and Batavia. She also was active in setting up shelters in Fredonia and
Dunkirk with the Civil Defense. In addition, she was involved in establishing the Derek Perryman Liver Fundl. In 1979, she was instrumental in helping to present "Hooray for Hollywood" at the Fredonia Opera House and in 1987, she helped to start the Crossroads Business Association. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Glenn Dietzen. Survivors include oneson, Terry (Astrid) Dietzen; two grand-daughters, Heidi (Bryan) Powell of Fredonia, NY and
Kristy (Jeremiah) Randolph of Eden, NY; and three great grandchildren, Brandon and Justin Powell and Evelyn Randolph. She is also survived by a step-daughter, Norma Dikeman of Portland, NY; as well as several nieces and nephews.Services will be private and at the family's convenience. Donations may be made to the SPCA and Hospice of Chautauqua County in her memory. Arrangements are by the Fantauzzi Funeral Home, 82 East Main Street, Fredonia, NY.