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Winnoa "Snooks" Harford Dierks
February 7, 1917–October 18, 2008
Winnoa "Snooks" Dierks, age 91, of Monticello, died Wednesday evening, October 15, 2008 at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, following a brief illness but a long and wonderful life.
Funeral services were held 11:00 Friday morning, October 24, 2008 at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, rural Monticello with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery. Friends called from 3 until 8 Thursday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. Rev. Jonathan Kosec officiated at the services.
Surviving are four children, Cindy (Kurt) Gunther, Anamosa, Jane Sara (Chris) McDermott, Nottingham, England, Gordon (Cathy) Dierks, Flagstaff, Arizona, Neil (Kristie) Dierks, Clive, a daughter-in-law, Sandra Dierks, Wichita, Kansas; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters, Carol Hansen, New Brighton, Minnesota, Sandra (Joseph) Spahr, Monticello, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harry, April 13, 2006, her oldest son, Errol Robert Dierks, three sisters, Wilma McNeilly, Pearl Dabbs and Wanda Hodges, two brothers Rollo and Duane Harford.
Winnoa Harford was born February 7, 1917 at Monticello, the daughter of Harvey and Hazel (Martin) Harford. Snooks received her education in the Monticello Community Schools, graduating with the class of 1933. She went on to graduate from Lenox College in Hopkinton in 1935. Snooks then started her teaching career in the rural schools of Castle Grove Township. Winnoa Harford and Harry Dierks were married October 28, 1938 at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church. The couple farmed on the Dierks Family farm in Wayne Township. Snooks restarted her teaching career in 1959 in the Maquoketa Valley Schools. She then taught in the Anamosa Community Schools from 1967 until she retired in 1979. During this time she also completed her Bachelors Degree from Upper Iowa University in 1969.
Snooks was a member of the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church where she had been a Sunday School Teacher and active in the Ladies Aid. She was a 4-H Leader for the Wayne Willing Workers. Snooks belonged to the Federated Garden Club, the Royal Neighbors, Delta Kappa Gamma national education sorority, and served as secretary for the Jones County Historical Society for many years. She was a member of the Retreads and Moto Guzzi National Owners Club motorcycle organization.
The word "teacher" describes Snook's life perfectly. In all she did, she strove to educate and instruct. She opened her heart and home to strays of the human and animal variety, using each as an opportunity to share her wisdom and her love of cooking. She traveled extensively and frequently on the back of a motorcycle with Harry throughout the US and Europe. Her students and friends are her legacy and her spirit lives in the memories of many.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, November 7, 2008

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