In memory of

Mariella "Lollie" Derner

December 31, 1939 - October 17, 2021
From: Sac City, IA
Mariella "Lollie" Derner

Mariella "Lollie" Derner

Born: December 31, 1939
Died: October 17, 2021
Age: 81
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  Mariella “Lollie” Derner, age 81 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Sunday, October 17th, 2021 peacefully at her home after an extended battle with cancer.  Lollie was born on Dec. 31, 1939 to parents Steve and Florence (Hermsen) Loew of Maple River, IA.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Catholic Church in Maple River, IA.
   Lollie grew up in Maple River with her family on the Loew Dairy farm.  She attended Mount Carmel Elementary School and later graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll, IA in 1957.  
   On August 8, 1959, Lollie married the love of her life, James Derner, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Maple River, IA.  They moved to Sac City where they started their family and were blessed with five children: Geri, Greg, Scott, Gina, and Chris.  Lollie worked for Loring Hospital as a nursing assistant and raised the family on their acreage south of town.   
   In 1981, the family moved to Sioux City and Lollie continued to tend to the family.  She eventually returned to the medical assistance field and worked at the Woodbury County Home, Hallmark Care Center, and ultimately retired as an aide from Siouxland Podiatry.  They remained in Sioux City until 2011 and then moved back to Sac City. 
   Lollie enjoyed crosswords and puzzle books of all kinds, and the Days Of Our Lives soap opera was an everyday staple in her life…missing very few episodes over the course of the show’s 56 year duration.  But what she enjoyed most was spending time with friends and family.  She was always up for a game of cribbage or dominoes, and her passion was euchre that she would play almost every other night with her late husband Jim.  She loved to bake, especially around the holidays.  Many have tried, and many have failed trying to duplicate her popcorn candy and apricot filled cookies.  In her younger years, Lollie spent time at Indian Lanes on a bowling league where she was a 200 average bowler and, in the community, she donated back to others through the Meals on Wheels program.  Most recently after their return to Sac City, she always looked forward to the Loring Hospital Luncheons where she would get to reunite with friends from the past and meet new friends that have spent time working at the hospital.
   Lollie has always been a sharing and welcoming person.  What was hers was yours, and she lived by a creed of “there is always room for one more”.  She was a kind, caring, and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was a steady servant of the Lord, her faith was unwavering, and she and her family knew where her eternal home was.  This brought comfort to all around her knowing that, even though she is now absent from her earthly body, she will forever be present with the Lord in heaven.
   She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children : Geri Derner of Ames, IA, Greg Derner and his wife Jeannette of Shiloh, IL, Scott Derner and his wife Elizabeth of Sioux City, IA, Gina Hults and her husband Jason of Villisca, IA, and Chris Derner and his wife Jill of Waconia, MN; 16 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings Larry and Mary Jane Loew of Maple River, IA, Steve and Deb Loew of Des Moines, IA, Bob and Aggie Snyder of Des Moines, IA, Katie Hoffman of Carroll, IA; in-laws Marie Loew of Maple River, IA, Mae Knobbe of Carroll, IA, Eileen Bruning of Garden Grove, CA, Eugene and Vera Derner of Dedham, IA, Ione Schloegel of Rochester, MN, Annette Ratigan of Bancroft, IA, and Don and Peg Derner of Lake View, IA; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives and friends.
   She was preceded in death by her husband James; granddaughter Samantha Derner; parents Steve and Florence Loew; parents-in-law Arthur and Marguerite Derner; siblings Ethelmae and Harold Davis, Merlin Loew, Marian and Roland Daniel, Clancy Loew, Denny and Janice Loew, and Joseph Loew; and her in-laws Suzie Loew, Zeta and Ray Glass, Alma Derner, Colett and Bob Meyers, Glen Bruning, Frank Schloegel, Bob Ratigan, Mark Knobbe, and Bill Derner.
Tribute Video
Mass of Christian Burial
Memorial Service
10:00 a.m., Saturday
October 23, 2021
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa
Father Joe Dillinger
Deacon Butch Stone
5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday
October 22, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
*Rosary @ 5:00 p.m.
*Vigil Service @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Catholic Cemetery
Maple River, Iowa


Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 4:45 PM
“Our sympathy to Lollie's family. We will always remember her kindnesses in helping us during a difficult time. She will be missed. No more sorrows, no more pain. God bless.”
- Jeanne, Jim & Julie Wilson
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 4:45 PM
“What a wonderful tribute to Lollie as I read her obituary, I have not mastered the popcorn candy yet but called her(& other aunts) for any tips she was willing to share, so glad I did so I am able to carry on Grandma Florence' tradition. Just a very loving person that always had a hug & a smile for ya! Rest in Peace Aunt Lollie!! Condolences to all of my cousins & their families...She will be missed.”
- Jerry & Tammy Loew
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 9:31 PM
“Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother. We did not know her well but recognized Jim one day when we were shopping at Menards, Sioux City. Lottie told me this story: When Jim was sick she tried to keep the children quiet and told them Daddy is very sick and if he doesn't get the rest he needs he could die and we won't have a daddy to which one of the boys replied after some thought..."We could get Ben Bogue". Ben Bogue was my father and also told many stories how he would be driving passed the Derner home and they would wave him down to come in and have coffee. Great neighbors. God's best blessings to all the family.”
- Betty Watkins
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“We extend our deepest sympathy!”
- Todd and Teri Luckow
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you at this time. So sorry that we will not be able to attend Lollie's funeral. We will be with you in spirit.”
- Tom and Julie Venner
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 3:43 PM
“Geri and family, Such a difficult time...please know that you have so many friends surrounding you to help you through... God bless!”
- Marilyn Johnson
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 3:43 PM
“In our hearts and prayers at this difficult time in your lifes. Mom is at peace and pain free and hanging with Jim and Sammy. RIP dear Lollie, Love to You, from All the Brunings”
- Eileen Bruning & Family
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 3:43 PM
“Sending our sympathy. We so enjoyed knowing Lollie. ”
- Ed & Carol Ransom
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11:14 AM
“My sincere sympathy to the Derner family for your loss, thinking of you all.”
- Laurie(Meyer) Hansen
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