Esther E. Dirks
December 23, 1929-October 26, 2019
Esther E. Dirks, 89, of Columbus, peacefully passed away into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Columbus Community Hospital.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Christ Lutheran Church in rural Columbus, with the Rev. Aaron Witt officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Gass Haney Funeral Home, and will continue from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Christ Lutheran Church, School, Choir, or those of the family's choice.
Esther E. Dirks was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Platte County, to Richard and Frieda (Depe) Janssen, the middle child of nine children. She attended St. John's Lutheran Grade School where she was baptized, confirmed and married. Esther first worked for neighbors, helping with children and household chores. She also worked in Columbus at Jordan's Bakery and B-D Medical prior to her marriage. She was united in marriage to Milton H. Dirks on July 26, 1953. They were blessed with almost 44 years of marriage and four children. Esther lived on her parents' farm growing up and then on the family farm north of Columbus for 65 years, for a total of 88 years as a farm girl.
Esther enjoyed flowers, gardening, canning, cooking and yes, cleaning. There was always an endless supply of cookies in the freezer for kids and farm helpers. She enjoyed babysitting grandchildren and family was her greatest joy.
Esther was a member of Christ Lutheran Church where she belonged to Ladies Aid, LWML, Church Choir, Concordia Guild, Christian Growth and Voter's Assembly. She enjoyed music and sang with the choir for many years. Esther's church family friends were a constant source of joy and support for her and she loved them dearly.
Esther is survived by daughter, Kathleen (Fred) Siefken of rural Columbus; son, Keith (Connie) Dirks of Lincoln; daughter, Sherilyn (Mark) Raders of Norfolk; daughter, Joyce Bennett of Cassopolis, Michigan; 11 grandchildren: Ryan (Alison) Siefken, Heather (Eric) Hiner, Erin (Michael) Trotter; Seth Dirks, Noah (Amy) Dirks, Christina (Cody) Evasco, Jessica (Travis) Peters; Allison (Michael) Blackford, Bradley Raders; Nathan (Kristie) Bennett and Courtney Bennett; 13 great-grandchildren: Ava and Henry Siefken; Kathryn, Lauryn and Madelyn Hiner; Alyssa and Lily Trotter; Jacob and Wren Dirks; Truett and River Peters; Avery and Andrew Blackford; and two greats on the way; sisters, Laverna Rickert and Shirley Wagner, both of Columbus; brother, Kenneth (Betty) Janssen of Springdale, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Willa Mae Janssen of Arvada, Colorado; sister-in-law, Lucille (Jerry) White of Lincoln; many nieces and nephews.
Esther was preceded in death by husband, Milton H. Dirks in 1997; parents, Richard and Frieda Janssen; parents-in-law, George and Louisa Dirks; sisters, Annette (Lavern) Mohlman and Lucia (Albert) Theilen; brothers: Elmer Janssen, Arnold (Norma) Janssen, and Norbert Janssen; sister-in-law, Lois (Ernest) Dankert; brothers-in-law: Marvin Rickert, Paul Wagner and John Rood.