Rev. Dr. Charles E. Deitz died September 21, 2017 at the Geer Nursing facility in Canaan CT.
Born on May 27, 1920, Pastor Deitz was a 1942 graduate of Hartwick College where he met his
wife of 72 years, Marjorie. He attended Gettysburg Seminary before graduating in 1945 and
beginning his Lutheran ministry in Germantown, NY. In 1947 he began his second pastorate in
Albany before moving to Massapequa Park, NY in 1952 and beginning his 30 year ministry at
St. David’s Lutheran Church. In 1969 he was elected Secretary of the Metropolitan New York
Synod. Under his leadership, St. David’s grew to be one of the largest congregations in the
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
In 1982, Rev.Deitz moved to Hillsdale, NY where he led the formation a new mission church,
Trinity Lutheran (now Christ Trinity Church in Sheffield, MA) before retiring from the ministry.
He was active in the community, serving as president of the Board of Trustees of the Roeliff
Jansen Community Library during fundraising and construction.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his children David, of Westport MA; Janine, of Brooklyn,
NY; Douglas, of Concord, MA; 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.