DeAnne Drietz, age 81, of Canby, MN passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at the Sanford Canby Medical Center. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 19 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno, MN. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7pm on Friday, December 18th at the Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Canby. Inurnment will be at the St. John Cantius Catholic Church Cemetery, Wilno, MN. Houseman Funeral Home- Birk Chapel of Canby, MN is entrusted with the arrangements.
DeAnne Marie Drietz was born to Gordon and Margaret (Yackley) Zanke on October 24, 1939 and then baptized in Madison, MN. She was the oldest of four daughters. She lived on a farm by Madison a short time before her family moved to Canby, MN where she attended school, graduated and was confirmed. On August 9, 1957 DeAnne married John “Jack” Drietz in Canby and to that union she was blessed with two sons and one daughter. DeAnne lived the first five years of her marriage in Jacksonville, FL and Cherry Point, NC where her husband was stationed in the U.S. Marine Corps. They returned to his family farm where they worked side by side farming, milking cows and raising their family. For a couple of years in the spring, she worked at a plant in Marshall that made powdered eggs. DeAnne was a member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno, MN. In 2000, DeAnne lost her husband and in 2001, she moved to Canby. She cherished time spent with all of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, parents, sisters, cousins and friends and brought joy to all. DeAnne took great pride in her family and with great ease she made us feel so important and special. She enjoyed playing cards with friends, loved shopping and showering her loved ones with gifts. She was a tremendous help to her dad in his later years when he moved to Canby. In 2019, health issues brought DeAnne to Sylvan Court Nursing home in Canby where she was very well taken care of and loved. She participated in many activities and kept in contact with family and local happenings.
DeAnne is survived by her three children: John M. Drietz, Taunton, Jeffrey (Donna) Drietz, Taunton and Jayne (Harvey) Sik, Canby; 10 grandchildren: Devin (Ashley) Drietz, Damian (Kelsey) Drietz, Becky (Matt Steinbronn) Drietz, Melinda (Steffan) Stiklestad, Jeffrey Jr. (Tiff) Drietz, Cory (Rachel) Drietz, Craig Sik, Melanie (Garrett) Fronk, Sarah (Mark) Schmiesing and Eric (Thalia) Sik; 14 great grandchildren: Lincoln and Ramsey Drietz, Jackson, Hunter and Levi Drietz, Maverick and Sydnee Stiklestad, Otto and Laney Sik, Kinley and Mayla Fronk, Aubrey and Cylus Schmiesing and Watson Sik; three sisters: Patricia (Ruffin) Veal, Judith (Jeffery) Ochsendorf and Mary (Ben) Lalonde; sisters-in-law: Darlene Drietz, Beatrice Dubbeldee and Florence Drietz and nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband John “Jack”, parents Gordon and Margaret, great grand-daughter Emersyn Sik, nephews: Joseph Bednar and Robert Drietz Jr., brothers and sisters-in-law: Garfield and Virginia Drietz, Robert Drietz, Gerald Drietz, George Dubbeldee, MaryAnn Citterman and Bonnie Drietz.
We will miss her love and hugs, her smile, kindness and signature bright lipstick. She is forever in our hearts and now in the arms of our Lord, reunited with her husband, her Mom and Dad and many friends and family.