Laura C. Dieter (Villarreal)
May 18, 1930 – November 5, 2022
VISITATION: Friday, November 11, 2022, 4:30PM, at West Center Chapel, followed by a VIGIL at 6:30PM.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10:00 am, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 11802 Pacific St.
Interment: Resurrection Cemetery
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Memorials may be directed to Creighton University’s English Department.
Laura C. Dieter (Villarreal) was born on May 18, 1930, to Pete and Rafaela Villarreal in Valley, Nebraska.
Laura graduated from Valley High School and attended the College of Saint Mary and Creighton University. During college, Laura worked as a comparative shopper for Brandeis Department Store. After graduating from Creighton, Laura taught English and Drama at Papillion High School from 1953 to 1957. She then taught at Indian Hill Junior High in Omaha, Nebraska, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Harold “H.D.” Dieter. After receiving her Master’s Degree in English from Creighton, she accepted a teaching position in upstate New York at Newburgh Academy. A year later, she married H.D. Dieter and they both accepted teaching positions in Denver, Colorado. She continued to teach at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado, for 18 years.
In the 11 years before retiring, Laura became an education consultant as a 4MAT Learning Style Educator and traveled all over the country instructing teachers how to accommodate different types of learning styles in the classroom. She was also on the off-campus faculty of Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. Laura’s love of teaching, enthusiasm and dedication inspired lifelong learning skills that have remained with many of her students to this day. She has also remained a favorite teacher of many of her students. In 2018, Laura was named by the Papillion La Vista Schools Foundation as a Legendary Educator and was inducted into the Foundation’s Hall of Fame.
Laura and H.D. were married for 61 years and had two daughters, Lisa and Gina. Laura and H.D. were constant companions and partners in life. She lived an exciting and remarkable life. She and H.D. led numerous tour groups to Europe and Hawaii, owned and operated a Putt-Putt Golf Course, including a bumper car and arcade, and traveled extensively. Laura loved trees and they took many trips to see the fall colors. She loved music, especially classical and opera, books, literature, poetry, traveling, and most of all, her husband and family. She will be greatly missed.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Rafaela Villarreal; brothers: Pete, Ray and Johnny. She is survived by her husband, H.D. Dieter; daughters, Lisa (Ron) Hunter and Gina (Roger) Pearson; sister-in-law, Ann Crabtree; grandchildren: Maria, Luke and Scotty Pearson and Nicholas Hunter.