Of Churchill, age 80, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Beloved husband of 56 years of Teodora “Nene” C. Dietrich. Loving father of Donald Dietrich (Sally) of Trenton, MI, and Leah Olson-Perry (Ed Perry) of Midland, MI. Proud grandfather of Jordan, Hunter, Nathan, Kelsey, Ben, Matthew, and Thomas. Brother of Geof Dietrich (Diane) of Salamanca, NY. Also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and a large extended family. Preceded in death by his sisters, Karen “Kiz” Johnston and Ann Hickey, and his grandson, Nick. Bruce joined the Peace Corps in 1963 where he met and fell in love with Nene in the Philippines. They enjoyed a lifetime of travel which began with their honeymoon hitchhiking across Asia and Europe for two months. In their later years they traveled back to the Philippines on several medical missions. He instilled his love of travel in his grandchildren by taking each one on a graduation trip to countries including Italy, France, and England. As humble as he was, Bruce was highly educated. He obtained a bachelors degree in chemistry from Allegheny College, a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, post-doctorate from Brookhaven National Lab in Long Island, and a masters degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Bruce was a strong supporter of fine arts and enjoyed the theater and symphony. He loved trying new restaurants as well as Nene's exceptional home-cooked food.
Friends will be received at Wolfe Memorial, LLC, 3604 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh PA 15221, on Saturday from 10:00am until the time of the memorial service at 11:00am, with his cousin, Rev. David Keller officiating. Gifts in Bruce's memory may be given to the Philippine-American Medical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 1500 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh PA 15243, or the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222, www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
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