Marian A. Dike

Marian A. Dike

Marian A. Dike, age 97, died on October 29, 2014 at Ingleside Manor in Mount Horeb.

The former Marian Augusta Niebuhr was born on December 29, 1916 in Verona, WI to Emil and Augusta Niebuhr. She graduated from Verona High School and Whitewater Teachers College. On December 25, 1941 she married Lawrence C. Dike. She was a dedicated elementary school teacher in Fort Atkinson and Wausau. After the death of her husband, she lived in La Crescent, MN., many years in Scottsdale AZ., Middleton and Mount Horeb, WI. Marian was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Verona.

Sewing was a passion of hers; she made beautiful quilts and could mend any piece of clothing that needed repair. She also loved to bake and cook. The Christmas table always included an array of homemade cookies including her favorite, peppernuts. Extremely proud of her German heritage, Marian made the best German potato salad. Her summers were spent on road trips visiting family and exploring historical sites along the way. Marian loved receiving and writing letters. She delighted in watching birds gather around the feeder outside her window.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Alice Daenzer of Scottsdale, AZ., and Patricia (Timothy) McAllister of La Crescent, MN.; two sons Richard Dike (Joan Fudala) of Middleton, WI and Dean Pike of Fairfax, VA.; four granddaughters, Jessica (Thomas) Kelly, Rachel (Michael) Brannan, Amanda McAllister, Morgan McAllister; three grandsons, Matthew Daenzer (Adrienne Pabst), Brendon McAllister, Colin McAllister; six great-grandchildren, William and Margaret Kelly, Patrick and Lyla Brannan, Charles and Caroline Daenzer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and two sisters, Helen Slota and Edna Sharer, and a granddaughter, Molly McAllister.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH, 427 S. Main Street, Verona, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Kurt Billings presiding. Visitation will be held at church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ingleside and Agrace HospiceCare for their dedicated care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. James Lutheran Church Endowment Foundation, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), or the donor’s charity of choice.