Louis F. DiEva Jr., of Warminster, passed away on September 12, 2020 in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his loving family. He was 71 years old. Born in Abington, he was the son of the late Rose Zollo DiEva and Louis F. DiEva Sr., and the beloved husband of Ruth DiEva.
Lou was a 1967 graduate of William Tennent High School and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business from Bucks County Community College. Although Lou worked many jobs in his lifetime, including concrete work, and retail sales at both Rudolph’s and Strawbridge & Clothier, he was a carpenter for most of his working years. His talent for carpentry and woodworking can be seen in not only his own home, but also in the homes of many friends, family, and his church.
Lou was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served on the church council, was property chairman for many years, and most significantly, an integral part of the choir and musical ministry. Lou lent his voice to many special occasions, concerts, benefits, weddings, and funerals during his 45+ years at St. Johns. Lou was also a member of the Abington Oratorio Choir and the County Choraliers for many years and sang across several counties with both groups. Lou’s love of music led him to many special concerts over his years including the 3 Tenors, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and Sarah Brightman to name a few. Lou’s passion for music coupled with his love of community played an important part in establishing various concerts to benefit others including The Breathing Room and the Brad Fox Foundation.
Lou was an avid tennis player in his younger years and his family would celebrate the sport with a yearly Breakfast at Wimbeldon celebration at their home. He could be found coaching his son’s sports teams over the years and cheering on other friends and family from the sidelines. He was known for his quick wit, even with those that he did not know well, his kind manner, his generosity, and his fierce love for family, especially his wife. Their marriage was a beautiful representation of what the unconditional love of a soulmate looks like. Lou loved to fish, which is something he shared with his children and grandchildren. Although he may have been hooked by his own son more often than not, he always had a smile and a comment to let you know he was okay. He was often the only one on several fishing trips with his daughter and son-in-law in Alaska to come home with a keeper, a fact he never hesitated to share with others. He adored his granddaughters and will always be remembered for the containers of quarters he would mail for the piggy banks he had given at the time of their birth. Lou adored his canine partner, Einstein, who recently went to dog heaven. There is no doubt that Einstein was waiting at the heavenly gates for his father to arrive home.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruth Kissinger DiEva. Ruth and Lou loved spending time together caring for their home, and their gardens. They loved to entertain both family and friends and celebrated many holidays surrounded by others in their beautiful home. Despite the current pandemic, they recently celebrated with close family and friends in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, something that was very meaningful to both of them. Trips to visit life-long friends in Florida brought many great memories along with summers at the beach, enjoying the sand and surf together.
In addition to his wife; he is survived by his son, Louis F. DiEva III of Warminster, PA; daughter, Dannielle (Jeff) Chyko, of Palmer, Alaska; granddaughters, Grace and Hope Chyko; sister, Diane (Steven) Mebs; sister, Rose (George) Voigt; brother, Bob (Doris) DiEva; sister, Betty Ann Reilly; and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Sunday, September 20, 2020 after 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. His services and interment will be held privately. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 25 people will be allowed in the building at a time, social distancing measures must be practiced, and masks must be worn.
As his family, we wanted to show our continued support for the music program of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in his memory. Following is a line Facebook Fundraiser that we put together to support this cause, https://www.facebook.com/donate/380627646672443/?fundraiser_source=external_url. Anyone can donate, even if they are not a member of Facebook. If you would prefer to send a check directly to the family, please make it out to Ruth DiEva and be certain to "Memorial Fund" on the memo line of the check.
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