Leona Marie (NESS) Diercksen, 78, of Marion, Iowa, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a long illness. A memorial service was held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Faith Lutheran Church in Marion by Rev. John Albertson. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Marion.
Survivors include her husband, Victor DIERCKSEN ‘54, of Marion; her children, Leann Diercksen of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Victor (Jennifer) Diercksen of Seattle, and their son, William Alexander. Also surviving are her siblings, Helen (ness) Weselmann ’58, of Decorah and Sigurd (Barb) Ness of Waukon.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, HOWARD NESS ‘61.
Leona was born October 1, 1934, the daughter of Lester and Meta (Schmieden) Ness in Waterville, Iowa. On December 28, 1958, she married Victor Diercksen at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in Waterville. Leona graduated from Luther College in 1956 with her teaching degree. She taught at Monticello and Hyattsville Maryland School systems, and then stayed home to raise her family. She returned to work substitute teaching and finished her teaching career at Linn-Mar.
Leona was a very active member of Faith Lutheran Church. She started and led the Prayer Shawl Ministries and was an active member of the Senior Group.
She loved to crochet, knit, and was an avid gardener. Leona enjoyed assisting her daughter, working on cruise ships as a seamstress. They went on trips to Alaska, Caribbean, Hawaii, and South America.
A memorial fund has been established in Leona’s memory. (DIGITAL PHOTO)