Marilyn Joy Dirks

COLERIDGE — Marilyn Joy Dirks, 83, Coleridge, died Jan. 4, 2019, at the Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.

Visitation and a prayer service were Monday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, and continued Tuesday one hour prior to services.

Funeral services were Jan. 8 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Russ Lambert officiating.

Burial was in Lawn Ridge Cemetery, Coleridge.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Tony Dirks, Matthew Phillips, Jimmy Bush, Tyler Dirks, Brandon Webb, Candice Webb, Karen Hatfield, Katie Naslund, Lindsay Dirks and Dane McKitrick.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge.

Marilyn was born July 18, 1935, at Coleridge, to Glen Albert and Clara Lavonne (DeLozier) Milander. She grew up on a farm near Coleridge and graduated from Coleridge High School in 1953. Marilyn married Harold D. “Diz” Dirks June 4, 1953, in Coleridge. They farmed north of Coleridge, where Marilyn raised her family and helped on the farm. They moved to Cassville, Mo., in 1978, where they managed a ranch and she also managed the Town House Motel and Restaurant. Harold died Nov. 22, 1992, at the age of 59. Tiny moved back to Coleridge in August 1993, where she worked at Park View Haven, the Embers and the Cedar County Vet Clinic, Coleridge and Hartington. She had been a resident of the Embers for the past three years.

Tiny was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge. She liked to bowl and attended numerous national bowling tournaments. She enjoyed working puzzles, caring for her flowers and bird watching. Tiny was a big Husker fan, loved all sports and attended many of her grandchildren’s events.

Tiny is survived by her three children, Steve and Nancy Dirks, Peggy Bush, Russ and Paula Dirks, all of Coleridge; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bev Specht, Coleridge; Nancy and Cliff Hinrichs, Emmetsburg, Iowa; and Glenna Janssen, Punta Gorda, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; brothers in infancy, Gary Dean and Glen Douglas Milander; granddaughter, Teri Lynn Dirks; brother, Don Milander, and his wife, Wilma; and a brother-in-law, Jim Specht.

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