Funeral Home Notice January 3, 2011
Michael Dieffenbach, 77, of Canton, PA passed away early Tuesday morning, January 3, 2012, at the Troy Community Hospital. Born in Dushore, PA on May 21, 1934, Mike was one of six children of the late Richard and Helen (Munley) Dieffenbach. After graduating in 1952 from Dushore High School, Mike graduated from the Police Academy in Baltimore, MD. He was employed as a Baltimore City Police Officer before moving to Canton in 1959. Mike then served as Canton’s Chief of Police from 1959 to 1969. In 1972, Mike established Dieffenbach’s Building Supply on S. Minnequa Ave. in Canton. In 1976, he merged with Canton Building Supply until retiring in 1995. On March 25, 2011, he and his wife, the former Janice Holmes, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. Mike’s family always came first in his life. He was a knowledgeable handyman and a “jack of all trades” type of person you’d usually find puttering around in his shop. He especially enjoyed all types of classic cars and was a boxing and basketball sports fan. Surviving is his wife, Janice, children and stepchildren; Jared (Betty) Dieffenbach of Disputanta, VA, Pam (Gary) Hoffman of Towanda, PA, Frank Evans (Ronda Ayres) of Troy, PA, Allison (Tom) Henry of Syracuse, NY, Doreen Gleason of Athens, PA, Michael Dieffenbach of Mechanicsburg, PA and Matthew Dieffenbach of Canton, 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, two sisters; Rosemary (Harold) Renninger of Towanda and Debra (Jim) Brown of Wyalusing, PA, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Helen Dieffenbach of Dalton, PA, Phyllis Dieffenbach of Monroeton, PA, Kathy (Garry) Baumunk of Canton, Rodman Jr. “Rom” (Carol) Holmes of Florida and Norvin Sr. “Butch” (Donna) Holmes of Canton, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Karen, three brothers; Richard, Carl and Jimmie Dieffenbach and a brother in law Robert Holmes. In keeping with Mike’s wishes, services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests those who wish consider a memorial to the Canton War Memorial Pool, c/o Canton Area Recreation Assoc., P.O. Box 4 Canton, PA 17724. Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., in Canton is in care of Arrangements.