Linda M. Dieterich

Linda M. Dieterich, local attorney, died suddenly on Aug. 7, 2010, at the age of 47.

Linda is survived by her mother, Cynthia Dieterich of Wading River; her sisters, Diane Dieterich of Riverhead and Carol Graff of Manorville; and her niece, Leia Dieterich of Coram, the daughter of her late brother, Richard G. Dieterich.

Linda was born in Wading River and was a lifelong resident of the Town of Riverhead. She graduated from Riverhead High School in 1981. She completed her undergraduate studies at Penn State University in 1985 and obtained her law degree from Dickinson School of Law in 1988. After law school, Linda came back to the community and set up her law office in Riverhead. She was an active member of her community, a past president of the Riverhead Rotary Club and a Riverhead Chamber of Commerce trustee, and had served on the Riverhead Free Library board.

Linda was known for her kindness, generous heart, tremendous sense of humor and great love of fun. She lived life to its fullest and always had time for her family and friends. Linda’s pastimes included her involvement in the community, learning to play the guitar and playing tennis and golf (badly), but her great love was for her friends and family. Linda was an angel on earth walking among us, filling a room with her smiles and a laughter that will be always remembered.

Linda was famous for her annual holiday newsletter, in which she would, with great humor, summarize the significant events of her previous year, always ending with the line that her life’s goal was to “get married, have kids, divorce and live happily ever after.” Although not in a literal sense, Linda did achieve her goal. She was married to her job, her friends and community; she had the love of many children, especially her goddaughter, Taylor; and she has now divorced her life on earth to live happily ever after in heaven, where she will meet up with her beloved father, Dick Dieterich, and brother, Ricky Dieterich.

All that knew LTB (or Linda the Beautiful) will miss her. So for now we say goodbye to our dear daughter, sister and friend. Rock on baby, rock on!

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street, Riverhead, NY 11901.