Patricia DuVal Dietrich

Patricia DuVal Dietrich, 88, a half century Hinsdalean, passed away May 29, 2023, in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

She was born in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1935 to Dr. Benjamin DuVal and Florence DuVal.

Patricia always maintained a sense of adventure and fun. She attended Florida Southern College, until she broke curfew by climbing down a fire escape. She did eventually outgrow the rebel phase. Mostly.

While Patricia ultimately graduated from Michigan State University — where she attended as a newlywed married to Dean Roger Dietrich — with a bachelor’s in sociology, she self-identified as a Penn State University Nittany Lion, having studied there for her sophomore and junior years.

After moving to Hinsdale in 1965, Pat immersed herself in the fabric of this special suburb. Pat worked tirelessly as a PTA volunteer and was president of the PTA for several years while her kids were in school. Later, Pat worked as a real estate agent in Hinsdale and enjoyed touring the magnificent homes as much as she liked selling and listing the houses.

Always active, Pat enjoyed a competitive ping pong game, decorating, playing bridge and tennis with lifelong friends, antiquing, adopting Humane Society pets, volunteering at Union Church, traveling near and far, fast cars (her Avanti ll being one of her favorites) and mostly being a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her four children, Dawn (David) Solomon, Dean (Karin) Dietrich, Dana (Patrick) Niven and Deanne (Stephen) Nixon; her five grandsons and five granddaughters; her seven great-grandchildren (four boys and three girls); and her two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Humane Society, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale, IL 60521 or online at