Linda Ellen Gony Dietzen, 75, of Danville, died at 2:02 p.m. Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Danville, IL with Father Bowen Schmitt officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. IDPH guidelines will be strictly followed regarding gathering limitations, masks, and social distancing. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Danville Symphony Orchestra, or an organization of the donor’s choice.
Linda was born May 26, 1945, in Danville to Victor Hewitt and Florence Gertrude Garrett Gony. She attended Lincoln Grade School and Danville High School, graduating in 1963. She married Robert “Bob” Dietzen in 1967; together they had three children. Linda had studied violin since the age of 10 years old. She played with the Danville Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years. She also performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Lafayette (IN) Symphony, Bach Chorale Singers (IN), The Prairie Ensemble, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Prairie String Quartet, String Society Artists, Millikin-Decatur Symphony and Eastern Symphony Orchestra. She also participated in the U of I Symphony Orchestra’s 1964 South American Tour and Orvieto Musica in Orvieto, Italy from 1999-2001.
Linda loved playing her viola, fishing, reading and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include: a son, Robert “Robb” (Christina) Dietzen, Jr. of Danville; two daughters, Teri (John) Becker of Indian Rocks Beach, FL and Stephanie Dietzen of Mattoon; one brother, Michael “Mike” (Miki) Gony of Oilville, VA and seven grandchildren: Tori (Jon) Postle, Miranda (Alex) Lavender and Lianna Becker, Joslyn and Aleksas Dietzen, Ashton and Aiden Caughran; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and Robert “Bob” Dietzen. Memories and messages for the family can be left on our website at www.krugercoanpape.com, or on the Kruger Coan Pape Facebook page.
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