Dolores M. Dirks entered the Church Triumphant surrounded by family on August 31, 2020, in Huntley, IL. Dolores was born in Berlin, Wisconsin on May 21, 1932 to parents Elmer and Mabel Dehn. Dolores had a love of music that began at an early age. She received many ribbons and awards for her talent in music during her school years. Upon hearing a performance by the Wartburg College Choir she knew that was what she wanted to do. She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and sang in the Choir all four years. It was also at Wartburg where she met her future husband, Bob Dirks. She graduated with a Degree in Music Education. Throughout her life she shared her gift of music, teaching in schools, and leading church choirs. Her beautiful solo voice enriched many occasions. She sang with the Elgin Choral Union while living in Sleepy Hollow, IL.
On June 5, 1954 Dolores married Bob Dirks and they enjoyed 66 happy years together. Following her husband’s graduation from seminary they served churches in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Dolores had a strong faith which she often shared through her music and other acts of service. She was a very giving and caring person, donating to many charities. Giving to the local food pantry was always important.
She hosted many happy family gatherings with wonderful meals and time spent playing games, in which her competitive spirit was enjoyed by her children and grandchildren. Along with her loving care for her family, she devoted much time caring for her home and flower garden.
Dolores is survived by her husband, Rev. Robert Dirks, her children Debbie (Jon) Cook, Sandra Johnson, Mary (Brad) Johnson, and David Dirks; her grandchildren, Roman (Dorothy), Solomon (Jennifer), Becky (Zach), and Ashley; her great-grandchildren, Alexis, and Franklin; and her sisters-in-law, Clara Dehn, and Rose Dehn. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth Dehn, and Ronald Dehn.
Memorials will be shared in support of a local food pantry and Lutheran World Relief efforts.
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Pastor and family, I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your wife, mother,and grandmother. I will always remember the beautiful song she sung the Sunday after Natalie’s funeral. It touched me greatly as Dolores seemed to be singing to me. I have also never forgotten the comment she made at a picnic about Danny. (When he was little, I tried to dress him to the 9s since I was an older mother.) Dolores said EVEN his lollipop matched his outfit. Please treasure all of your precious memories as you mourn your loss. I am thinking of you.