Lucretia (Lu) Dirk, 74, Mandan, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021, peacefully surrounded by her family after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 AM July 8, 2021, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church with Fr. Todd Kreitinger officiating. Visitation is scheduled for July 7, 2021, from 5-7:00 PM with a vigil/rosary service and WOTM ritual at Dawise-Perry/Mandan Crematory, 4211 Old Red Trail, Mandan. Visitation continues one hour prior to service at Spirit of Life. Burial will be in North Dakota Veteran\u0027s Cemetery.
Lucretia was born August 1, 1946, in Mandan to Mike Erhardt and Eva (Geiger) Erhardt. She was raised and educated in Center, ND. After graduation, she moved to Mandan where she met and married Jim (James) Dirk on May 4, 1968. Jim and Lucretia lived in Mandan after they were married until 1991 when they relocated to Zap, ND. Together they had four children, Dale, Dana, Bob, and Kelly. Jim passed away in August of 2015. She then moved back to Mandan. Over the years Lucretia worked at several different jobs, but most enjoyed the years she spent at home taking care of her family.
Lucretia was an avid reader, and when she was not reading, she enjoyed crocheting, working with plastic mesh and other crafts. Many people left her house or were gifted with mug rug or a set of potholders. Lucretia was an excellent German cook and enjoyed getting together to make meals with her family. Her grandchildren will long remember her ramnoodla, cheese buttons, and fleishkuchle and many other family members will miss her potato salad. She loved animals and was especially attached to her cat Kiki. Lucretia was a lifetime member of The Women of the Moose and was also a member of The Homemakers for many years and she also did many a road trip with the Red Hats Club. She had such a kind heart and a warm smile that touched so many lives.
Lucretia will be deeply missed by her children Dale (Mari Kay) Dirk; Dana (Dan) Dirk; Bob (Lori) Dirk; and Kelly Dirk; four grandchildren Tate (Mikaila), Cassy (Mitch), Sam (Cody), and Morgan; one great-grandchild, Ryker; two sisters Kathy (Rodney) Friesz and Mary (Kevin) Donovan; sisters-in-law Mary Erhardt, Phyllis Dirk, Gloria Dirk, Sandy Dirk, Bonnie Miller, Andreen O\u0027Neill, Annette (Pat) Yauney, and Debbie (Paul) Martin; brother-in law Les (Lynette) Dirk; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, her parents, Mike and Eva Erhardt, her in-laws, Rasmus ad Emma Dirk, her brothers Leonard, Calvin, and Jeff Erhardt; sister-in-law Diane Dirk; brothers-in-law Roger Dirk, Nick Dirk, Mainard Dirk, Kenneth Miller, and John Bliele. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Lucretia (Lu) Mae Dirk, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store
Published by DaWise-Perry Funeral Services - Mandan on Sep. 24, 2021.