Helen Dirks, 89, of Akron, died Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at the Akron Care Center in Akron.

Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, July 6 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akron. A private burial followed at Riverside Cemetery in Akron.

Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.

Helen Dirks

Helen Dirks

Helen Marie Donnelly was born May 12, 1932 to George and Aldea (Benjamin) Donnelly in Elk Point. She was raised on a farm near Elk Point and attended a local country school. She graduated from Elk Point High School in 1950. She then attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. On Feb. 24, 1951, she married Richard Dirks. They were stationed across the U.S. while he was in the Navy. When he was stationed in Korea, Mrs. Dirks moved back to the Akron area and stayed with family. After he was honorably discharged, they made their home in Akron.

Mrs. Dirks primarily stayed home raising their four children. She loved playing bridge, bowling and dancing. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved to travel. Her favorite time was spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband; children, Carla Granstrom of Dakota Dunes, Mary (Mike) Caskey and Rick (Robin) Dirks, all of Akron, and David (Ellen) Dirks of Sioux City; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Bucholtz and Dory Tschantz; two sisters-in-law, Diane Donnelly and Carol Donnelly; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Helen was preceded in death by a granddaughter; five siblings, Lawrence (Eileen) Donnelly, Jack (Retha) Donnelly, Darlene (John) Maloney, Joe Donnelly and George Donnelly; and sister-in-law, Betty (Bill) DeRoos.