Becky Diersen, age 70 of Sac City, IA, passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. Rebecca Anne Pierce was born on February 28, 1950, to parents Charles and Margaret (Reed) Pierce in Cherokee, IA.
Becky attended kindergarten through third grade in Sutherland, fourth through fifth grade in Calumet, and then sixth through seventh grade in Sutherland. She attended Cornell Jr. High in the fall of 1963 and went to Sioux Rapids High School where she graduated with the class of 1968. After graduating, she attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE, and later on, Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA. Growing up, Becky spent a lot of time with both sets of grandparents and great-grandparents; John and Jesse Reed in the Sutherland- Peterson area, Ray and Marion Pierce in the Cherokee area, great-grandparents Charles and Anna Swindle and great-grandmother Rebecca Pierce.
On November 8, 1975, Becky married Keith Diersen at Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church in Lytton, IA. They resided on a farm outside of Sac City where together, they raised their children, Trish and Brian. Becky held several jobs over her lifetime including working at the family business in Sac City, Keith’s Carpet, as a cook at Park View Care Center, and her favorite job for nearly twenty years as a teacher’s associate for the Sac Community School District.
Becky was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City where she served as a member of the Ladies Aid. She was also involved in several community organizations/clubs including Wa Tan Ye, Lions Club, Lytton Legion Auxiliary, and After Five. She participated in ladies bowling league for many years. Becky liked to golf as well; she and Keith used to participate in 2-Person Best Ball tournaments and had a lot of fun doing so.
Becky loved life and so many things about it. She enjoyed the annual family trips to Maple Lake in Minnesota, boating, swimming, and just being around water in general. Becky was a music lover, giving piano lessons, playing the clarinet, and singing in the choir. She was an avid reader, always looking for another good book to read. Every spring she looked forward to planting her flowers, especially geraniums. Becky loved watching birds and had many birdhouses out on the farm. Cardinals were always a favorite of hers as she loved their symbolic meaning. When it came to sports, she was a fan of both Iowa/Iowa State basketball. If there was a game on, Becky was likely watching it. Playing bingo and visiting local casinos to play the slots also brought her great joy. She collected all things teddy bear and lamb related. In her younger years, Becky and her school girlfriends attended many teen dances at the Cobblestone in Storm Lake and Roof Garden in Arnold’s Park.
Above all, what brought Becky the greatest joy, was spending time with her family and friends. She adored her family, especially her grandchildren. Becky had a heart of gold and was a friend to all. Her smile, genuine kindness, and sincere love for all will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her husband of forty-five years, Keith Diersen of Sac City, IA; children Trish Diersen of Coon Rapids, MN, son Brian (Patty) Diersen of Ames, IA, stepson H. Roger Diersen of Palm Springs, CA; grandchildren Keith Brandon Apperson of St. Paul, MN, Cecelia and Ben Diersen of Ames, IA; brother Ron (Denise) Pierce of Sioux Rapids, IA; sister-in-law Tess Pierce of Sioux Rapids, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lowell Diersen of Boone, IA, Dave (Dianna) Diersen of Sac City, IA, Karen Cerra of Sac City, IA, Bruce Diersen of Sac City, IA, Jim Schade of Evansville, IN; many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Becky was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Margaret Pierce; parents-in-law George and Luvene Diersen; brother Bob Pierce; brothers-in-law Larry Diersen and John Cerra; sisters-in-law Mary Diersen, Diane Klocke, Debra Schade.