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Eleanor M. Dirksen
Eleanor M. Dirksen
Eleanor M. Dirksen, 89, of Long Grove died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center-DeWitt.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt, with the Rev. Kurt Larson officiating.

Visitation is 9-10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt. Pallbearers will be Jerry Dirksen Jr., Ron Dirksen, Cal Dirksen, Vern Dirksen, Steve Dirksen and Merle Boyle. Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Benson and Jim Kane.

Eleanor Dirksen was born March 24, 1923, in Middleburg, Ohio, to Lawrence and Inez Carpenter Dumar. She married Jurren "Jerry" Dirksen, April 3, 1943.

Eleanor earned two doctorate degrees, one in philosophy and another in health and human services. She also held a masters degree in science and education as well as 12 additional bachelor and liberal arts degrees. She was a talented poet and received numerous awards for her works.

Surviving are her husband; children, Jerry Jr. (Sharon) Dirksen of Davenport, Sharon Dirksen of Rock Falls, Ill., Arlene (Dave) Webber of Neponset, Ill., Ron (Jan) Dirksen of Davenport, Janice (Don) Davis of Rock Falls, Marvin Dirksen and Calvin Dirksen of Florida, Vern (Tonia) Dirksen of DeWitt and Steve Dirksen of Florida; 29 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Ruth Porter of Rock Island, Ill.

Preceding her in death were a brother, two sisters and an adopted daughter.

Condolences may be expressed and a photo tribute viewed at www.schultz funeralhomes.com.

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