Ethel J. VanBriesen Dirksen

Death:Sunday, November 21, 2010
Ogle Co, Illinois

Beloved Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, and Aunt, Ethel J. Dirksen, 88, passed away in her home Sunday November 21, 2010 after a short illness. She was born April 19, 1922 near Stillman Valley, IL to Hiram and Hilda (Groenhagen) VanBriesen. She graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1939 and Brown's Business College, Rockford, IL in 1940. Ethel married Edward T. Dirksen on November 3, 1945 at her parent's farm near Stillman Valley, he passed on February 13, 1983. Ethel and Ed farmed for over 35 years in both the Byron and Oregon areas and attended Ebenezer Reformed Church. She enjoyed spending time on her patio, being with her family and close friends, and watching over her special farm cat. Ethel held a special place in the hearts of many people. Predeceased by her husband, brother, Hiram "Bud" VanBriesen, sister, Hazel VanBriesen, and nephew, Don VanBriesen. Survived by her daughters, Ginger (Gary) McDaniel of Byron, and Mary Ann (Richard) Rhoads of Oregon; grandchildren, Terri (Terrell) Carby, Traci (Troy) Drake, Steven Rhoads, and Brian (Mary) Rhoads; great-grandchildren, Dawson and Abby Drake, Aiden Carby, Luke and Eryn Rhoads and nephew Jim VanBriesen; and special neighbors Melvin, Jim, and Gary Oltmanns and the Groenhagen family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday November 27, 2010 at the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Oregon with Pastor Brion Brooks officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Friday November 26, 2010 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Oregon. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorial fund is established for Pinecrest Manor or Ogle County Serenity Home.

Source: Mortuary Obit

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