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Leona Dirk

July 22, 1933 - April 26, 2020

A private visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. A prayer service will be streamed at 7 p.m. Thursday on the funeral home website. A private funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo and streamed on the funeral home website.

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Boulger Funeral Home

Leona Dirk

July 22, 1933 - April 26, 2020

Obituary

Leona Dirk, 86, Fargo, ND, died at Hospice House at Sanford Hospital surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, April 26, in Fargo, ND.

Leona Loeb was born July 22, 1933, to Lorenz & Emma (Ternes) Loeb in Raleigh, ND. The youngest child in the family, Leona worked very hard helping her older sisters with household chores as the family farm was the center of life growing up. Leona also had a special place in her heart for her sister Marie, who passed away in 1973. It hurt Leona to lose her sister at such a young age. Leona spoke of Marie often and with great respect and admiration. Leona lived for cuddling babies and she often spoke of that, helping Marie with her 13 children growing up. Leona talked about all of her brothers and sisters often. She loved all of her nieces and nephews so much. She shared many stories of how she enjoyed canning and gardening with her mother after Leona’s dad passed away. Leona’s strong work ethic was instilled on the family farm and stayed with her throughout her life.

Leona met the love of her life, Mike Dirk, at a dance in St. Gertrude. Leona often said it was love at first sight, and she knew he would be the man she would marry. Their dancing prowess was legendary to those who knew them. Some of our favorite memories and videos over the years were the two of them in what seemed like perfect synchronous movement. Leona married Mike on September 18, 1950, at St. Gertrude, and they made their home in Flasher, ND. Mike and Leona left Flasher in 1953 and moved to Arthur, ND, where Mike worked as a laborer and farmed until 1967. By the time they left Arthur for Fargo, 7 of their 8 children had already been born. Raising her family was central to Leona’s early life. The children believe those early farm years were the foundation of who they would become. Hard work, self-reliance, and integrity were the cornerstone of their upbringing.

When Leona and Mike moved to Fargo, she worked part-time as a weekend cook at Cardinal Muench Seminary. Leona had a special relationship with Seminary Vicar Father Arth and also Father Vetter. Leona and Mike so appreciated their faith and support of the Catholic Church as they began to build their life in Fargo. Leona then moved on to the Dietary Department at St. Luke’s/Meritcare (now Sanford) hospital where she worked for 17 years before retiring in 1990, shortly after Mike in 1989.

This early period of retirement in the 1990s saw Mike and Leona at their most relaxed and content. They thrived living the summer lake life on Sybil Lake in Minnesota for 7 years, often sharing good times and fishing with neighbor and sister Pauline Deichert and her husband Ben. This also afforded them more time to see their son Rick and his wife, JoAnne, who were just down the road. When she was working and then in retirement, Leona was an incredible cook, baker, canner, you name it. Wonderful food and aroma were right around the corner in Leona’s kitchen. As we reminisced over the years, one subject that always came up were Sunday dinners of roast beef, potatoes and carrots and often, fresh baked bread. That was home.

Leona was so dedicated to her husband Mike and, likewise, Mike to Leona. In the past 8 months, as her health began to fail, family was always the conversation. Whether it was her life growing up, or the life built with her partner, it was always about family. Their home was everything to Leona and Mike. Whether it be beautiful flowers, bountiful gardens or delicious German food and traditional drink, family was central to their lives.

After Leona lost Mike in 2014, she still focused on family. Her many grandchildren meant everything to her. She had a special relationship with her grandson Alex these last 6 years as he spent many hours after school with Nana. They would reminisce, shed a tear, and look to the future. As her friends began to battle the years as well, Leona would reach out with a call or a visit to comfort. As the sun began to set, comfortable with her family and faith, Leona wanted nothing more than to be with Mike. In the end, Leona was prepared to dance with her only love again.

Leona is survived by her sons and daughters: Daniel (Coleen), Grant’s Pass, OR; Douglas (Lisa), West Fargo; Constance Brust (Kim); Fargo, ND; Michael (Doreen), Riverdale, ND; Patricia (Paul Swanson), Fargo; Andrew, Fargo; Robert (Jennifer), Fargo; daughter-in-law, JoAnne Dirk, Dent, MN; sister-in-law Emma Loeb; 11 grandchildren: Josh, Nathan, Adam, Rob, Erin, Mara, Jeremy, Tammy, Terri, Meghan, Alex; and 7 great grandchildren. Leona was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mike, son Rick, sisters Regina (Jake Blotsky), Florence (Bert Bachmeier), Eva (Tony Kopp), Marie (Tony Dirk), Brothers Ed (Emily) Loeb, Peter (Katie) Loeb, Pauline (Ben Deichert) and Lorenz (Emma) Loeb Jr.

Memorials preferred to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, 3037 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103. http://www.4luvofdog.org/wp/ or Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo, ND.

Leona’s Prayer Service can be viewed via Live Stream below starting at 6:30 P.M. tonight:

 

 

Her funeral can be viewed via live stream tomorrow, Friday, May 1, 2020 starting at 2:00 P.M. at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4YrPwQFYBVlsLp55v2vHsw/live

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24 responses to “Leona Dirk”

  1. Tami Blanchard Llewellyn says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Leonas passing. She used to be a patient when I worked in medicine and I really enjoyed our visits. We also spoke about 27th Avenue quite a bit as my Dad still lived there. (He just passed in early March). I wish you all peace and comfort during this time.

  2. Susie McDowell says:

    Leona Dirk family,

    I am so sad to read sweet Leona has passed. What a beautiful lady. I painted/removed wallpaper for her and your dad several times. Such gracious and honest people. Leona adored her entire family and was so proud of each of you. She was an immaculate housekeeper and loved her home. May God comfort your broken hearts and fill them with beautiful memories soon.

    Susie McDowell

  3. Rhonda Golden says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear mother.

  4. Cindy Loeb says:

    My deepest condolences to all of the Family.
    So many wonderful memories of Aunt Leona and Uncle Mike.
    My most touching and thankfulness is how Aunt Leona stepped in after our Mom Emily Loeb passed in 1986.
    Her love, concern and visits will forever live in my heart.

  5. Linda Roos says:

    Thinking of you all during this hard time. She will be very missed.

  6. Lydia Faulkner says:

    My heart breaks for your family. Thinking of you all during this time.

  7. Alan & Cathy Dirk says:

    Dear Dirk Family,
    When God calls a loved one home, He leaves a gift of memories in return. What beautiful memories you have! We can just see Aunt Leona and Uncle Mike dancing up a storm with Marie and Tony! 💟 We are hoping to livestream her service, and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless Aunt Leona ✝️
    Sincerely, Alan & Cathy Dirk and family

  8. Phil and Carlotta Miller says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. So many fond memories of Uncle Mike and Aunt Leona as well as get togethers with all of our cousins at reunions. Always hard to lose a parent no matter what age but I truly can see her giving Uncle Mike and all her brothers and sisters a big hug. Love to all of you.

  9. Pete and Renee Klein family says:

    Our deepest sympathies to you all. I see her and Uncle Mike in my memories like it was yesterday. Like my parents, Tony and Marie, they really were great examples of family love and support. I remember Mom, Leona and the rest of the sisters when they would visit and how they would giggle and have fun together. Our prayers of peace for all of you. Leona is with the love of her life once again.
    Sincerely,
    Pete and Renee Klein family

  10. Laura Oster-Aaland says:

    To the Dirk family,
    My deepest sympathy to you in this difficult time. I did not know your mother, but the obituary was a beautiful tribute to a life well lived. Please know I’m sending thoughts of love and care your way.

  11. Pat Weber says:

    Patty, Doug, and families,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May God give you strength through this difficult time. Prayers to you all!
    Pat Weber

  12. Barbara Brenkworth says:

    My condolences and my thoughts are with your family. Very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Leona.

  13. Monica Kunze Mohs says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the family. Precious memories forever in your hearts. God’s Peace🌷

  14. Mike holen says:

    So sorry for your loss. Mike holen

  15. Troy Fountain says:

    Robert,
    Losing a parent is rough no matter how old or frail they may have been. Leona had been in your life as long as you have been alive and it leaves a big whole. I know the pain but I also know you will get through and have fond memories of both of your parents together again. They are now together again.

  16. Jessica Ebeling says:

    Dirk Family,

    May the wonderful memories sustain you and bring you peace as we honor her beautiful life. The Gate City Bank family sends you prayers during this difficult time,

  17. Roger and Sandy Vetter says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have so many memories of many weddings and especially the Loeb reunion we had in 1991 when all the Loeb siblings were still all living. And now Aunt Leona is the last that was with us and now has entered to join the reunion in heaven. What a celebration she is having 💖

  18. Debbie (Allen) Winzenburg says:

    Mike and family. Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Joan Larson says:

    Blessings to the family and hold those many memories in your heart

  20. Willie and Arlene Volk says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Guessing Uncle Mike thrilled to be reunited again with his love as she is with him. May she rest in peace.

  21. Alex Kopp says:

    My condolences to the loss of Aunt Leona. She was the person for me too call when I first came to Fargo in ’96. Always welcoming, and liked to visit.

  22. Dave and Rose Dirk says:

    Thinking of each of you during this sad time with wonderful memories of Aunt Leona as Heaven has received a Beautiful Angel today. She was a Sweetheart who I enjoyed visiting with over many long phone calls.

  23. Lori Morris says:

    Dirk Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss, I will always remember Leona’s smile and laughter. Condolences and healing to you all. She will live on forever in your hearts.

    Blessings,
    Lori Morris

  24. Becky Cofer says:

    Robert, Patricia and all or your family, My sympathies to you on the loss of your mom. Its is always hard to say that final good bye. I appreciated reading her obituary, as the familiar names of towns and people resonated with me, having grown up near Carson ND. I can just see your mom, like so many of the farm women I grew up with, cooking, baking , canning and the like. Treasure the memories. Becky Cofer

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