Julia Louise Dietz
Julia Louise Latta Dietz passed peacefully from this life, surrounded by her loving children, on the morning of Sept. 17, in Austin, Texas.
She was born Oct. 31, 1928, to Francese and Milton Latta in Goshen, Indiana. Her only sibling, Ina (Strasser), was 10 years her senior.
Julia found her happiness singing and performing in school musicals, on the radio and in the Methodist church. She blossomed as a camper and later as a camp counselor at nearby Camp Tannadoonah, where she made many lifetime friendships.
She was a graduate of Goshen High School and Goshen College, where she held numerous leadership roles in student clubs and activities.
Her first taste of world travel was a graduation trip across Europe with her parents. Soon after, she followed her love of music and song to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. There, at a party with fun-loving, multinational friends, she met Hanns-Bertold Dietz, a music student from Germany. Bertl and Julia were married in Goshen, Indiana, on Nov. 30, 1952. They had three children, Karin (Allen), presently of Wichita Falls, Texas, Christopher Dietz, Millersburg, Indiana, and Barbara Dietz of Dripping Springs, Texas.
The family moved to Austin, Texas, in 1963 when Hanns took a professorship at UT. Julia quickly joined the Austin Chorale, soon to become the Austin Choral Union. She was a devoted member for more than 35 years. She also sang in the opera chorus and was a devout supporter of both the symphony and the lyric opera for many years.
Julia was divorced in 1975, leading her to a brief career in real estate at Century 21, the highlight of which was finding and purchasing her own small ranch. For the next 40 years, from that happy home base, she traveled the world extensively, visiting every continent except Antarctica. Children and grandchildren delighted in the rare opportunity to go on a trip with her.
She was loved for her stable presence, listening ear and innate generosity. Her passion for music, travel, gardening, puzzles and Jeopardy and her devotion to her ever-expanding family kept her engaged and vital to a ripe old age. She will be greatly missed by her surviving family and friends.
Graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, Indiana.
Donations can be made to Goshen College or the Nature Conservancy.
Published on October 26, 2019


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Dennis Moser
Nov 18, 2019

Sorry for your loss...
Mary Jane (Short)Byerwalter
Oct 28, 2019
Heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Julia, fond memories, ice skating and the operattas at park side school.
christopher dietz
Oct 24, 2019