Kathleen J. “Kathy” Deitrick - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Kathleen J. “Kathy” Deitrick

October 12, 1956 - August 25, 2023

Kathleen J. “Kathy” Deitrick, age 66, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 25, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on October 12, 1956, she was a daughter of the late John J. and Margaret L. “Sue” (Jamison) Phillips. Kathy graduated from Christiana High School in 1971. She began her career as a co-op while in high school at DuPont working in project controls at Louviers. While working she continued her education earning an Associate’s degree (Del. Tech.) and Bachelor’s degree (Goldey-Beacom) in Business and Accounting. After leaving DuPont when her daughter was born, she returned to work in project controls for multiple companies (BEK, KBR, Invista and Chemours) throughout her 42-year career. Kathy loved her work and the relationships she built.

Kathy loved her family and community. She was an active member of the church teaching Sunday school for the Salvation Army and White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church. She served her community as president of the Rutherford Civic Association and donated to a multitude of organizations including the Special Olympics, Armed Services, Medical Missions, and Animal Rescue. Kathy cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved being involved in her grandchildren’s interests. She always attended school events and participated in their extracurricular activities. She enjoyed making special memories during family trips including her favorites, Wildwood, NJ, and Disney World.

In addition to her parents, Kathy was preceded in death by her son, Phillip M. Deitrick; and siblings, Suzanne Fiske, Judith Jester, and John E. Phillips. She will be profoundly missed by her loving husband, Paul D. Deitrick, Sr.; children, Paul D. Deitrick, Jr. and Cassandra E. Deitrick; siblings, Barbara McKeown (Tom), Helen Roddy, Julia Shockley (Bill), and James Phillips; and granddaughters, Virginia E. and Alexandra I. Deitrick.

A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, September 2, 2023, in Oxford Cemetery, 220 N. 3rd Street, Oxford, PA 19363.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kathy’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or online by clicking here.


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29 Condolences for Kathleen J. “Kathy” Deitrick

  • We are so sorry to hear this. Always loved speaking with and knowing Kathy. We send our prayers and hugs.

  • Paul, Paul, Cassandra, Virginia and Lexi –
    I am heartbroken. Kathy was kind, intelligent and selfless. She provided her friendship so effortlessly and I cherished it. I have many fond, fun memories of our escapades. She loved you all to-a-fault and I can’t imagine the depth of your loss. To me she was one of a kind, an example to live up to, and irreplaceable. God welcomed a beautiful soul on 8/25 and we lost a shining light.

  • My deepest condolences to Kathy’s husband, Paul, and daughter, Casandra, who I knew from Holy Angels Track & Field. I went to high school and worked at KBR with Kathy. She was always great to me. When I was diagnosed with Cancer, Kathy made it a point to come and talk with me about it. It did wonders for my attitude and helped me move forward. I will miss her.

  • To Kathy’s family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I worked with Kathy in the later years of my career and after I retired, she called me to see if I was ready to come back. I was shocked to hear of her death. She was a highly regarded peer of mine and many others. She will indeed be missed, but she is with her Lord and Savior, whom she loved. RIP.
    Sincerely, Mike Graney

  • I was truly heartbroken over the loss of a dear friend and co-worker. I worked with Kathy for many years both during our contractor days with DuPont and our time recently at Chemours. She was such a pleasure to work with and also very knowledgeable in her field of expertise. She will be missed by all who ever had the pleasure to work with her. My sincerest sympathies to her family, whom I know she loved dearly. I will miss her Facebook postings of her grandchildren’s accomplishments. Heaven has a new bright light will surely shine forever. I will miss her deeply

  • My bird and I will miss you.

    You are a good friend.

  • Im sorry to hear about Cathys passing. She was like a 2nd mom to me while living next door to your family. She was always so upbeat and happy go lucky. She never lost her cool even with all the trouble we 4 would get into. She truly was an amazing woman.

  • We are very sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kathy was a huge part of our lives during the time of raising our daughter. Her beautiful smile, we’ll never forget♥️
    Thanks for being apart of my village Kathy Deitrick♥️♥️

    May you rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father 🙏🏾

    Stan and Robyn Waterman

  • Kathy provided one of the strands (a strong one) of the KBR WOC Family web. She’ll be missed. My condolences to her family and extended circle.

  • Dear Kathy’s family, I am very sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to you. I worked with Kathy as soon as I joined Chemours. She was a big sister to me at work and always supported me in every way. When Kathy learned my parents were ill, she checked on us regularly. I will miss you so much, my sweet and kind friend.

  • I am so sorry to hear this. I worked with Kathy for many years at DuPont. We were FB friends and I always enjoyed reading her posts about her grandkids. She was my Avon lady for many years. Just a wonderful person that I was happy to call my friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. May she rest in peace.

  • Paul, Paul, Cassandra, Virginia and Lexi,
    I am so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. What a beautiful soul has flown to heaven. I worked with Kathy at DuPont for many years. She was funny, smart, and oh so kind. I cannot believe she’s gone. I loved reading her FB posts about her grandkids and their latest adventures. She loved you all so much. May God give you the strength to carry on as you know she would want. If there’s anything we can do, please let us know.
    Pat and Steve Comley

  • I am shocked to get this news! My heartfelt condolences go out to Kathy’s family and know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. When I remember Kathy and her family I go back to the fun times we had together- tubing down the Brandywine, Dorney Park, Sanford Class Trips, Billy Joel Concerts and cheering at so many sporting events! But she and I probably had the most fun as the “Birthday Bandits”! I will cherish these memories!❤️

  • My sincere condolences and prayers Paul and family.

    Kathy was an incredibly kind and compassionate person who will be greatly missed.

  • I was so surprised and saddened to see your mom passed away. When I think of her, I think of someone always smiling and always so proud of her children. I picture her standing on the sidelines of a soccer cheering on her favorite players and talking about her children then grandchildren. I know how hard it is to lose a parent and spouse at such a young age and I’m sorry you have to endure this pain. Fondly, Jane Mangat

  • My condolences and prayers are with the family. Kathy was a great friend and supporter. She will be missed. I pray God grants you peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • Our Dearest Cassandra and family
    So sorry to read of the loss of your Mum.
    Sending prayers, love and hugs to you all at this very sad time. xx

  • So sorry to hear this. I remember Kathy being such a kind woman, proud grandmother and big soccer fan at Sanford!! My daughter Kendall played soccer with Minnie so I sat with Kathy at many games.
    Sending prayers that your family finds peace and comfort at this very difficult and sad time.

  • Dear Paul, Sr., Paul and Cassandra, I am shocked and saddened to read of Kathy’s passing. I have fond memories of the many hours she and I spent together at Maple Valley during practices, swim meets, committee meetings, celebrations and many days relaxing by the pool. My deepest condolences to all of you.

  • We can only console those who are in mourning!! Her time on this earth was done and the fond memories (Maple Valley Pool) will live forever!!! She surely will be missed!!! Condolences n blessings to the Deitrick Family

  • Dear Kathy’s Family,

    Please our deepest condolences. We can’t imagine the trauma and emotions the family is experiencing at this time.

    We loved Kathy and enjoyed the relationship we had as friends and neighbors. She always donated to Tender Hearts and thought about them throughout the year! She was a kind and loving person.

    We are so sorry we will not be able to attend the services this Saturday, but she will be in our thoughts and prayers. It will be very difficult each time we look down the street, we will be thinking of her.
    Please continue to send the girls up to my house should they have any fund raisers. I am happy to support them just like Kathy always did for Tender Heart!
    Loving prayers!
    Deb Doherty

  • My condolences to Kathy’s family. I greatly enjoyed working with her on several projects over the years. She was a treasure and a wonderful person.

  • Paul and family, I would like to offer my deepest sympathy in the passing of Kathy. Kathy and I worked many years together at Dupont and shared the same cubicle. We also worked together at BE&K. Kathy was a hard working and a fun co worker.
    Bill Baker

  • Cassandra, Paul Jr. And Sr. I am in shock and so heart broken for your entire family. Kathy and I always had this little “humor” thing going on about our children when they went to Sanford. She was a sweetheart. I am deeply sorry for your loss 💔💔💔

  • Paul and family I am so sorry to hear about Kathy passing. She was a wonderful friend. Always thoughtful and caring. What I admired the most about her was the love that she had for her family. The moments of fun she created and the length she would go to make sure those moments were perfect for her family were amazing. She will be missed greatly.

  • Kathy was not only my Aunt, but I was also blessed to have her and Uncle Paul as my Godparents. My childhood is full of memories being spoiled by them with dance classes, sleepovers too numerous to count and tons of special trips. When my cousin Paul Jr. made his appearance, he was more like the baby brother I had always wanted. I would be so excited to go places with them and I remember sometimes being sad when it was time to go back home (no offense mom & dad..haha). Not only was Aunt Kathy extremely generous, she had the best sense of humor. I remember at Halloween when the Trick or Treaters came and they had to sing a Christmas carol to get their treat. Hearing Jingle Bells sang on Halloween was the best. She was also fond of giving birthday pinches and you could not out-run those! I’m thankful to have these memories. Uncle Paul, Paul Jr., Cassandra, Gigi and Lexi…I know you all are grieving, the one thing we can hope when someone passes is that they had their faith in Jesus. Since we know that 1000% she did, I’m thankful your pain and grief is temporary.

  • Please accept my condolences on Kathy’s passing. She and I worked together on many projects over the years and was always pleasant and willing to help. We will miss her dearly.

  • Deitrick Family,
    We love you and we will miss Kathy! She is light that you continue to look too. God made her perfect and special. Always remember the good. I’m so glad I got to know and love her. She set the standard for excellence by the love she gave us all.
    The Larkin Family (California)
    Fred, Kym, Ashtin & Paige ♥️🙏🏾

  • Dear family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Kathy spoke highly of all of you in our many conversations when we worked together at KBR. She was practical, realistic and easy to talk to. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Mary Rossi