Judith Heslop, born 6.19.1930, grew up in Marietta with her parents Gilbert Heslop and Edna Mae (Bruny) Heslop. Attended Marietta College and completed BA in English at The Ohio State University. Married to William J. Merz of Columbus in 1954. Bore two sons, David in 1956 and James (Chris) Christopher in 1958. After Wm died in 1980, married John Dietrick of Napoleon in 1992 and resided in Defiance. After John’s passing in 2014, resided in Seattle, WA until her passing May 1, 2021. Survived by her son David Merz in Seattle.
Judy worked as an executive secretary in Fostoria and Napoleon from the 1960s until retiring from the Henry County Courthouse in 1984. She then again resided in Marietta until 1992.