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Mary E. Dierks, 80, formerly of Vandalia

Our beloved Mary Edith Dierks, 80, passed away 14 Nov. 2023 in Hastings, Nebraska.

     Mary was born to Chauncey Ledford and Edith Hopwood 5 July 1943 in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from high school in St. Louis, then worked for the telephone company there.
     On 1 May 1971 she married Lutheran Pastor, Reinhold (Rein) Dierks at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia, Ill.  They lived in the parsonage at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Augsburg in rural Shobonier, Ill.
     Rein and Mary had one daughter, Rebecca, born 2 Oct. 1975.  They also raised Mary’s nephew, Douglas Scheets, as their son – from age 3.
     Mary kept busy being a mother and a wife of a pastor. She also continued working for the phone company in St. Louis and later in Centralia, Ill.
     In 1985 Pastor Dierks accepted a call to Hooker, Ok.  There Mary worked at Golden Corral restaurant and at the post office.
     Wapello, Iowa was Pastor Dierks next call in 1991.  He retired in 1995 to Oakville, Iowa.
     In 2002 Rein and Mary moved back to rural Shobonier, Ill.  Mary worked hard to take care of Rein, who had health problems in his last years.
     After Rein passed away in 2011, Mary continued to live in Shobonier and Vandalia.  The last 5 years of her life,  Mary lived in Iowa and Nebraska, to be near granddaughters, Olivia and Alannah.
     Mary was extremely intelligent. She always had a library book she was reading and often took night classes at the local college. Besides that, she was an accomplished painter.
     Mary was known for her wonderful sense of humor and her great loving kindness. She will be sorely missed by many relatives and by her dear friends at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Augsburg.
     Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her siblings:  Doris Kistner, Alice Haberman, June M. Ledford, Donald C. Ledford and David C. Ledford. Also two step-daughters:  Judy Daynes and Amy Tiemann.
     She is survived by daughter Becky Scoggin, son Douglas Scheets, and step-daughters:  Debra Nelson, Diane Tiemann, and Joan Brown. Mary is also survived by a niece she considered as a sister, Sharon Bruenger, and five grandchildren:  Alex Campbell, Eden Bieri, Olivia Osborne, Alannah Osborne, and Shalynn Scheets.
     The family would like to thank the following individuals for helping with the final arrangements:  Scott Dewitt, Rick and Marsha Sasse, Carolyn Sasse, and  Pastor Landskroener.
     Mary was buried next to her husband in the cemetery at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Augsburg, Ill.