Alberta J. Kalkwarf, 87, Garner died September 28, 2021 at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. Services will be Wednesday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church in Garner. Burial will be at Concord Township Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Cataldo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hope Ministries in Des Moines.
Alberta Jean, daughter of Jelto and Margaret (Pals) Dirksen, was born July 25, 1934 on a farm east of Alexander. She graduated from Alexander High School in 1951 where she was active in band and basketball. Alberta was Alexander’s Band Festival Queen in 1951. She continued her education at Mason City Junior College.
On August 23, 1952 she married Loren Kalkwarf at First Reformed Church in Meservey. They made their home on a farm northeast of Belmond. To this union three children were added. Alberta worked at Tomco Seed in Belmond, assisted Loren on the farm, and raised her family. She played piano at church activities, was a 4-H leader, and was very involved in her family’s activities. Alberta and Loren enjoyed family vacations, square dancing and camping.
They retired from farming in 1977 and moved to Garner. In retirement they kept busy collecting clothing and delivering the donations to Hope Ministries in Des Moines. Alberta and Loren attended all their grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities until they were unable to attend them all. Alberta enjoyed cooking, scrapbooking and watching basketball.
She was a member of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church and Zion Women’s Fellowship.
She was preceded in death by brothers Gary and Donovan Dirksen; and great granddaughter Sydney Muff.
Alberta is survived by her husband Loren; children Charlotte Hanson of Clear Lake, LuAnn (Mark) Archer of Littleton, CO, and Mike (Maxine) Kalkwarf of Garner; grandchildren Spencer (Cali) Klooster, Justin (Katrina) Klooster, Hayley (Andy) Muff, Katie (Dayton) Ryder, Meredith (Landon) Quandt, and Marty Kalkwarf; great-grandchildren Jordan and Logan Klooster, Carolina Klooster, Marissa, Leah, Ben and Ryan Muff, and Rylie and Elliot Quandt; and brother Ron (Dorothy) Dirksen of North Canton, OH.