MARIA STEIN — Margaret "Margie" Dirksen, age 76, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died at 1:35 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
She was born on April 26, 1938 in Philothea, Ohio, to Joseph and Theresa (Stahl) Pleiman, who both preceded her in death. On June 18, 1960, she married Paul J. Dirksen. He preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1996.
Margie was a homemaker and helped run the family dairy farm before she retired. Survivors include three daughters, Teresa (Don) Puthoff, Columbus; Julie(Brent) Shafer, Columbus Grove; and Janice (Rob) Riggs, Chicago; two sons, Tom Dirksen, Maria Stein; and Jim (Amy Meier) Dirksen, Versailles; eight grandchildren, Nathan and Sarah Puthoff, Brady and Zach Shafer, Jacob, Kyle, Tyler and Travis Dirksen. Also surviving are three brothers, Ernie (Emma) Pleiman Bob (Betty) Pleiman, Coldwater; Tom (Marilyn) Pleiman, Scottsdale, Arizona; fours sisters-in-law, Gerri Dirksen, Wilmette, Ill.; Mary Dirksen, Celina; Barbara (Jack) Gels, Dayton; Salome Pleiman, Coldwater.
She was preceded in death by four sisters, Vera Stelzer, Lucille Fleck, RoseAnn Post and Alice Homan; one brother, Arthur Pleiman; and six brothers-in-law, Florian Stelzer, Richard Fleck, Ralph Post, Leonard Homan, Donald Dirksen and Carl Dirksen.
Margie enjoyed many activities, including reading, line dancing, traveling, singing in the church choir and weekly coffee meetings. She especially enjoyed time with her friends, family and grandchildren. She was a hard worker and faithful church member, teaching those qualities to her children and grandchildren by her example. She loved a good laugh and enjoyed people and conversation. Her quick wit and warm heart will be truly missed.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Osgood, with the Rev. David Zink, celebrant. Burial will be at St. Martin Cemetery Osgood. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Condolences may be made at www.hogenkampfh.com.