Mary Dierkes, 59, of Columbia lost her battle with cancer Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 8, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Monday, July 9, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mary was born May 4, 1953, in Marthasville, MO, to Wilbert and Marcella Hackmann. She graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in May 1975 with a B.S. in education. She married Rob Dierkes on June 28, 1975.
She taught at Monett (Missouri) Junior High from 1975-1978. She taught at Jefferson Junior High School in Columbia in 1978-1979 and at the University of Missouri from 1980-1984. After her youngest child entered first grade, she returned to teaching, serving as the junior high mathematics teacher at Columbia Catholic School from 1997-2010. Her students won numerous awards at math contests.
Mary and Rob had four children, Michelle, Rachel, Patrick and Benjamin. Rachel preceded Mary in death at the age of 12 in 1993. Michelle, Patrick and Benjamin helped care for Mary in her illness. Mary and Rob also had two grandchildren, Quentin and Konrad Hall, whom Mary loved dearly. She was their Grammy Bird.
Mary enjoyed drinking coffee with friends and attending her children’s many sporting events. Even in her illness, she was able to attend most of Ben’s basketball games and Quentin’s baseball games. She was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Mizzou basketball, Avila University basketball, Rock Bridge football and Hickman basketball and soccer.
Mary loved cooking and baking for her family and friends, and was well known for her chocolate chip cookies.
Mary was very active in the church. She and Rob were the youth ministers and taught CCD classes at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Monett. Mary had served as the coordinator of the funeral dinners and weekly coffee and donuts at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia. She was a communion minister and lector at Our Lady of Lourdes.
Mary is survived by her husband, Rob; her daughter, Michelle Hall of Columbia; her sons, Patrick and Benjamin of Columbia; her grandsons, Quentin and Konrad Hall of Columbia; brothers, Charles Hackmann and wife Diane of Omaha, Neb., Michael Hackmann and wife Linda of Marthasville, Mo., James Hackmann and wife Sandy of Rogers, Ark., and Thomas Hackmann and wife Joan of Villa Ridge, Mo.; Rob’s seven siblings and their spouses; and many nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins and hundreds of friends.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rachel; her parents, Wilbert and Marcella Hackmann; and her in-laws, Robert and Marcella Dierkes.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mary Dierkes Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, MO 65202. The fund is being established to provide college scholarships to graduates of Columbia Catholic School pursuing a math or science related field.