Frank J. Dietz
Frank J. Dietz
  • June 18, 1952 - May 27, 2017
  • Manchester, New Jersey

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Frank Joseph Dietz, (better known as Fred), 64, of Manchester passed away Saturday May 27, 2017 at home after a seven year courageous fight with cancer. Fred was born in Yonkers, NY and was raised in Bricktown before settling in Manchester for the past 31 years. Fred worked as a Bridge Operator for the State of NJ for 34 years retiring in 2015. When Fred was younger, he worked as an assistant to a blacksmith as well as a brief employment with the Animal Care Sanctuary located then in Toms River which has since relocated in East Smithfield, PA., it was there he met his soon to be wife. Fred loved the beach, especially North Avenue in Seaside Park where he was known and loved by all he met. Fred could do anything he put his mind too, he dug out ponds on his property, built furniture for his home and fixed any kinds of cars, but loved his Fords. Fred was an optimistic and positive-thinking man. He fought his cancer the same way he lived his life, with Dignity and Courage!

Fred was predeceased by his parents Frank and Dorothy Dietz, and is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Elizabeth (West), His brother John Dietz, two sisters, Nannette Wentz and husband Tom, Kathleen Sturdevant and husband Gerald and sister-in-law, Karin Stromborn as well as a host of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews friends and family members. Not to be forgotten are his beloved pets, Malaika, Chui and Louie and those who have passed on Manny, Mikey, Moe and Smokey.

Thank you to the medical professionals and staff who were on this journey with Fred to make the journey a lot easier to walk.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday June 2, 2017 at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Rd., Manchester, NJ from 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm., with services to begin at 3:30 pm and please come as you are. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers donations made be made in Fred's name to Animal Care Sanctuary "Smokey's Fund" (Smokey was Fred and his wife's chocolate lab they had for 16 years) by visiting To donate to this very special fund, click on "Smokey's Fund Donation" and type "Smokey's Fund" in the dedication box. Online condolences may also be sent by visiting