1921 – 2011
Eileen Dicke, 90, of Columbus, Nebraska (formerly of Creston, Nebraska) died Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Mory’s Haven in Columbus.
The funeral services were held on Saturday, July 16 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural Leigh, with Rev. Dr. Marsha Jark-Swain officiating.
Interment was in the St. Paul’s Cemetery.
Eileen Ruth Dicke was born February 1, 1921, to Herman and Lucia (Michelsen) Hillen on the family farm near Leigh, Nebraska. She attended rural elementary school and graduated from Leigh School as valedictorian of her class. She worked at the ASC office in Columbus before being united in marriage on October 10, 1940, to John Dicke in Hooper, Nebraska. They farmed all their lives in the Creston area.
Eileen was a life-long member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed the Luther League activities during her teen years. Her favorite activities included ice skating, dancing at Welch’s Hall, especially to the “Blue Skirt Waltz”, tending a large garden, canning, sewing for her family, quilt making for missions, raising chickens, baking bread and award winning pies using a wood-burning stove during her earlier years.
She took great pride in her “spick & span” clean farmhouse and beautiful garden and was known for never having a hair out of place (with the help of egg whites during the depression years, and that is no yolk).
Eileen is survived by: Son: Allen Dicke of Creston, NE; Daughter: Ruth (Robert) Brichacek of Columbus, NE; Son: Dale (Judy) Dicke of Creston, NE; Son: Paul (Diane) Dicke of Ewing, NE; Granddaughter: JoLynn (Jason) Ratzlaff of Clarkson, NE; Grandson: Matt Brichacek of Livermore, CO; Granddaughter-in-law: Kristy Brichacek of Columbus, NE; Grandson: Travis (fiancee Jennifer Machacek) Dicke of Creston, NE; Granddaughter: Keri Brichacek of Columbus, NE; Granddaughter: Tarryn (Michael) Hickman of Smithville, MO; Grandson: Waylan (Kayla) Dicke of Creston, NE; Granddaughter: Tricia (David) Kersting of Creston, NE; Granddaughter: Tambri (Clint) Paulsen of Atchinson, KS; Granddaughter: Karissa Dicke of Ewing, NE; Great Grandchildren: Jaedyn, Jordyn, & James Ratzlaff; Great Grandchildren: Katelyn & Joseph Brichacek; Great Grandchildren: Remi & Milo Brichacek; Great Grandson: Coen Hickman; Great Granddaughter: Kenna Dicke; Sister-in-law: Dorothy Hillen of Clarkson, NE; Sister-in-law: Nadine Hillen of Leigh, NE; Sister-in-law: Elva Dicke of Columbus, NE; Sister-in-law: Verna Dicke of Columbus, NE; and Brother-in-law: Leonard (Katherine) Dicke of Columbus, NE.
Eileen was preceded in death by: Parents: Herman & Lucia Hillen;
Husband: John Dicke; Son: Raymond Dicke; Grandson: Nathan Dicke; and Brothers: Walter & Gordon Hillen.
Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com