Mary Jo Dieckhaus, age 76, of Newport, RI passed away early Monday morning on January 14, 2019 at her home after a long battle with cancer.  

Mary Jo was born on October 5, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Helen Dieckhaus. She graduated from Pembroke College/ Brown University in 1964 and went on to a career in public and investor relations in New York City. Following positions at Burson Marsteller and Gavin Anderson, she formed her own company, DD& W Ltd, which provided investor relation services for numerous international companies and organizations. Mary Jo retired in 2008 and was excited to move back to Rhode Island to settle in Newport, a town that she adored. An enthusiastic patron of the arts, she was a volunteer at the Redwood Library and the Newport Historical Society and an active participant in Newport’s rich cultural and intellectual life.

Mary Jo is survived by her sister Alice Waugh, her niece Ann Waugh and great-niece Emma Holm-Olsen, and her nephew Charles Waugh.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, by visiting

At Mary Jo’s request, there will be no viewing.  Burial will be private. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Newport Hospital and to Mary Jo’s many friends, neighbors, and devoted nurses for their incredible kindness, help, support, and generosity throughout her illness.

This obituary originally appeared on O’Neill Hayes Funeral Home, it has been republished with permission. See the full obituary here –

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