Bold Woman award presented to Jeanne Dietrich

NAMED the Bold Woman Award winner by the Bethany Women of the ELCA and honored at a reception on Feb. 15 was Jeanne Dietrich, left. Presenting the award on behalf of the Women of Bethany Lutheran Church was Denise Stehling, president.

Jeanne Dietrich has been presented with the Bold Woman Award by the Women of Bethany Lutheran Church.

A reception honoring Dietrich was held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Hennig House.

Among the guests at the reception were four of Dietrich’s seven daughters. She also has two step-sons. 

The Revs. Casey Zesch, Travis Meier and Elliot Pancoast, along with friends and family, attended the reception.

Dietrich was presented a framed certificate and gift card to honor her as Bethany’s Bold Woman.

This award is presented annually to a woman who has acted boldly in her faith, explained Denise Stehling, president of the Bethany Women of the ELCA.

Her dedication to the quilting ladies of Bethany and their efforts to support Lutheran World Relief is one of the examples of her quiet faith-driven work, Stehling said.

This small group of ladies has made almost 200 quilts this year along with approximately 50 school and infant care kits. All of these items are part of Lutheran World Relief’s outreach to people from less fortunate countries, Stehling explained.

Dietrich has served on the Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bethany’s executive board as mission action coordinator.

She has also been instrumental in starting a crafting group that allowed her to share her creative gifts, according to Stehling.

“Her work ethic has been a Christian example to others as she is faithful every year in helping set up a booth at the Lutheran Fall Festival where baked goods and the ladies’ crafts are sold to raise money for Lutheran camps in the Hill Country,” Stehling said.

She also helped organize and manage a re-sale shop to raise money toward the purchase of the Hennig property.

Sharing her creative talents, Dietrich has also made quilts for graduating seniors and donated quilts to help raise money for Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran camps.

 Her talents also carry over into working with metal, fashioning wire crosses from recycled wire and other whimsical wire plant decorations, Stehling added.

Dietrich has been a member of the Leah Circle and altar guild.

Past Bold Woman Award recipients include Roseda Itz, Marialyce Dittmar and Patricia Schmidt.

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