Edith Johanna Dickson (Kaluza) passed away on January 15, 2021, at the Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. She was 83 years old.
Edith, known as Joan to her friends and family, was born on November 5, 1937, in Karlsruhe, Germany. She was the daughter of Dr. Martha Kaluza (Lippmann) and Dr. Ernst Karl Kaluza. Joan and her family escaped Nazi Germany in 1939, fleeing to Manhattan and later settling in Poughkeepsie, where she spent most of her life. She became a homemaker after graduating from Poughkeepsie High School and Albany Business College.
Joan faced many challenges in life, starting with her birth in Germany as fascism and antisemitism were sweeping the country. She courageously persevered through numerous health issues to become a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Joan loved to read, and her hobbies included playing Scrabble spending time with her family. She was in the choir at Lutheran Care and an avid Bingo player with her many friends there.
Survivors include her children: Carla Thorpe and her husband Gerry Thorpe of Staatsburg, Joann Weed and her husband John Weed of Marlboro, and Steven Dickson and his wife Joan Ruddy of Katonah.
Grandchildren include Nicole and Michael Serini, Erica and Christopher Leo, Krista Weed, Chelsea and Christopher Hertel, Mitchell Thorpe, Jack Dickson and Sean Dickson. Great-grandchildren include Makenna Hertel, Charlie Serini and John Leo.
She is also survived by her sister, Ellen Hatton of Lakewood, New Jersey; and her former spouse, John Dickson, and his wife Carol.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff at Lutheran Care for the many years of kindness and compassion they showed to Edith over the years. In particular, Maureen Tanner was a special friend there (and the sister of Edith’s son-in-law, Gerry Thorpe). Maureen passed suddenly on January 10 and will always be remembered in our hearts.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by DiDonato Funeral Services in Marlboro, www.didonatofuneralservice.com, (845)236-4300, and will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mental Health America of Dutchess County.