Marilyn Grace Diercks, 91, of Red Wing, died Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at Deer Crest Senior Living in Red Wing. She was born on July 3, 1932, in Hay Creek Township to Edward and Leonora (Banitt) Kohrs. She attended school at District 23 of Hay Creek Township and Immanuel Parochial School. She graduated from Red Wing High School in 1950. After high school she worked at a supermarket for six years. On January 1, 1954, she was united in marriage to Stanley Diercks. After the birth of their children, she was a stay at home mom. Living in Red Wing for eight years, they then moved to a small farm in Belvidere Township, where they raised their family. They resided here until moving back to Red Wing in 2006. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Belvidere where she taught Sunday School, belonged to the altar guild and the ladies aid and was a part of the Belvidere Extension Group. She enjoyed working out-of-doors, gardening, doing lawn work and helping on the farm. She liked to read and enjoyed watching her grandchildren participating in sports.
Marilyn is survived by 3 sons, David (Sue) of Red Wing, Bill (Ruth) of Brookings, South Dakota, and Brad (Linda) of Red Wing; 9 grandchildren, Tally Diercks, Brittany (Ben) O’Reilly, Zachary Diercks, Caleb (Joan) Diercks, Samuel (Mallory) Diercks, Brady (Leeann) Diercks, Noah (Alex) Diercks, Matthew (Kelly) Diercks and Allie Nissen; 21 great-grandchildren; siblings, Marlys Odean of Aurora, IL and Audrey (James) Horn of Red Wing; sister-in-law, Doris Kohrs of Red Wing and brother-in-law, Joe Kunze of Twin Cities. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Stanley; grandson, Ross Diercks; sister, Yvonne Kunze; brother, John Kohrs and brother-in-law, Walter Odean.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Belvidere. Burial was at the church cemetery. Visitation was 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023 at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials preferred to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.