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Patricia M. Dirksen

August 11, 1933 January 3, 2018
Patricia M. Dirksen
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Patricia Maxine (Harn) Dirksen, age 84, formerly of Waterloo died in her home in Parkersburg Iowa from natural causes on Wednesday January 3, 2018.

Born August 11, 1933 in Waterloo to Joseph and Tilda (Devries) Harn, she attended Sacred Heart Elementary and graduated from West High in 1952. On July 12, 1952, she married Darwin Dean Dirksen at Sacred Heart Church.

Pat and Dean were members of St. John’s Parish in Waterloo for many years where Pat assisted with many church functions over many years serving on the Rosary Society. Though Pat was a busy mother of 5, she also worked in various women’s retail apparel shops in Waterloo. After retirement Pat and Dean traveled with the Metholic Mission Group repairing homes for underprivileged families in Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, W. Virginia, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Among Pat’s favorite things were all of the “babies” in the family, a good hot cup of coffee with cream and lots of sugar, and having a sweater always at hand. Pat was a fabulous cook, known for her always Homemade - noodles, cookies, pies (best crust ever), Deviled Eggs, breads, cakes and fruit canning wonders. Pat’s kitchen was always filled with luscious fragrances and people she loved. She made sure that everyone was always welcomed and none left hungry. Born of necessity, Pat was also an accomplished seamstress making clothes for her 5 children, and she was endlessly mending to keep all clothing good as new. Pat had very close bonds with her family especially her three sisters Doris, Erin and Helen.

Survivors include her husband Dean of Parkersburg, 5 children Samuel Allen Dirksen (Cindy) of Hampton IA, Lori Ann (Mike) McKinley of Cedar Falls IA, Tina Marie (Tim) Cooper of E. Dundee IL, Erin Elaine (Tim) Troyer of Kechi KS, June Elizabeth (Jeff) Olds of W. Des Moines, her brother Byron (Carla) Harn of Waterloo, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters; Jack Harn who died in infancy, Dale Harn Waterloo, Joseph Harn Evansdale, Erin Bernard, Doris Cameron, Helen Digman all of Waterloo, and granddaughter Aimee Lynn (McKinley) Bunger of Waterloo who died on September 2, 2008.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 6, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Public visitation from 3-6 p.m. Friday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street. Visitation also one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or Cedar Valley Hospice.

Many thanks for the kindness of the staff at Parker Place Retirement in Parkersburg, with special thanks to the Memory Care staff who often went above and beyond to give Pat great care infused with happy moments. Also many thanks to the wonderful team at Cedar Valley Hospice for their timely and compassionate support.

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3:00 PM 1/5/2018 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 1/5/2018 6:00:00 PM
Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - South Street

400 South St.
Waterloo, IA 50701

Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - South Street
400 South St. Waterloo 50701 IA
United States





10:30 AM 1/6/2018 10:30:00 AM
Queen of Peace Catholic Church

320 Mulberry St.
Waterloo, IA 50703

Queen of Peace Catholic Church
320 Mulberry St. Waterloo 50703 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Mt. Olivet Cemetery Final Resting Place

3912 W. 4th Street
Waterloo, IA 50701

3912 W. 4th Street Waterloo 50701 IA
United States

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