Alvina E. Dierkhising, age 104, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, July 7, 2021, at CentraCare-Sauk Centre Care Center in Sauk Centre.

A Mass of Christian Burial was July 12 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Rick Aubol officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Alvina Elizabeth Primus was born Jan. 26, 1917, in Lastrup to Henry and Mary (Athmann) Primus. She went to school through the sixth grade. On June 23, 1941, she married Anthony “Tony” Dierkhising at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove. The couple lived in various places, including Meire Grove, Clearwater, Sauk Centre and Melrose. Throughout the years, she was a farmwife, housekeeper and wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, Christian Mothers, Catholic United Financial and Polka Lovers Klub of America. Alvina enjoyed embroidery, coloring, praying, reading, dancing (polkas and waltzes), cards (UNO, 500 and rummy), gardening, canning and baking cookies.   

Survivors include her children, Kathy Botz of Sauk Centre, LeRoy (Carol) Dierkhising of Sauk Centre, Virgil (Sharon) Dierkhising of Hugo, and Mark (Dee) Dierkhising of Melrose; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; and brother Ervin (Rose) Primus of Elk River.

Alvina was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Dierkhising in December 2001; parents; infant daughter Elaine Agnes Dierkhising; son Raymond Dierkhising; son-in-law Vern Botz; sisters Ann Zenzen, Bertha Ruhoff and Sister Chrystette Primus, O.S.B., infant sister Marcella Primus; and brothers Chryst, Edmund, Leander, William and Marvin Primus.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.