Jean Snook Diepenbrock passed from this life on March 10, 2015. She was born January 3, 1924 in Montclair, NJ. Mrs. Diepenbrock was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Alces Snook, her father, Curtis Pendleton Snook, her husband, Joseph Boettcher Diepenbrock, and her brother, the Reverend John Butler Snook. She is survived by her daughter, Julie Ellen Herrick (Richard) of Herndon, VA, and sons Joseph Curtis Diepenbrock (Jane) of Raleigh and James Alan Diepenbrock of Wilmington. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Herrick, Jeremy Curtis Diepenbrock (Nora), Laura Jean Cason (John), Jeffrey Mark Diepenbrock, Christine Helen Diepenbrock, Grace Ann Diepenbrock and Margaret Jo Diepenbrock. Mrs. Diepenbrock was a Summa cum Laude graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, MA in 1945. After graduation from Wheaton, she was employed by International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation as one of its first female System Service Representatives. She married Joseph Boettcher Diepenbrock in 1947, and they went on to raise their three children. She earned a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland’s School of Library and Information Services in 1972. Upon graduation she was employed by the University, eventually becoming the Dean of Admissions of what was then called the College of Library and Information Services. After her retirement, she and her husband moved to the Springmoor Lifecare Retirement Community in Raleigh. She was an active member of Chapter BK of the PEO Sisterhood, and of White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Jean supported many philanthropic, educational and charitable causes, and was involved with many lifetime friends as well as friends and neighbors in and around Springmoor. She was active throughout her life and loved mystery novels, bridge, music, and visual arts, and regularly completed the daily newspaper crossword puzzle. She was a longtime fan of the Washington Redskins and Maryland Terrapins. Jean loved to travel internationally and continued doing so well into her eighties. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brown – Wynne Funeral Home in Raleigh. Mrs. Diepenbrock’s memorial service will be held at the Springmoor Lifecare Community on Sawmill Road in Raleigh, date and time to be announced. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Springmoor Endowment Fund, Wheaton College (MA), or White Memorial Presbyterian Church.
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