December 12, 2013


Ethel Marie Daiker Drees, 89 of Adams, Minn., died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin.

Funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams, Minn., with Father Swaminatha (Swamy) Pothireddy officiating followed by a luncheon. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Adams.

There will be a prayer service at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Adams Funeral Home where friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m., and there will be a visitation at the church for one hour before the service.

Ethel was born on December 1, 1924 to John A. and Caroline M. (Thelen) Daiker near Glidden, Iowa, on her family farm. Ethel married Ralph Henry Drees on Jan. 5, 1942, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Auburn, Iowa. They moved in 1954 from Lidderdale, Iowa, to Taopi, Minn., where they farmed together until retiring and moving into Adams in 1989. Ethel and Ralph enjoyed 67 years of marriage together before Ralph's death on Aug. 1, 2009.

Ethel was a devoted mother of 12 children. She will be remembered for her love of family and babies, tending garden and flowers, playing card games, her beautiful crochet work, strong faith and devoted prayer, and her undeniable love of her husband and her Lord Jesus Christ. She provided a beautiful example for all to emulate as a wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend. Her legacy includes 53 grandchildren, 100 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. She was a cancer survivor and approached life with youthful enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

Ethel is survived by her children: Rosann Sanford, Spring Valley, Minn., Ralph (Janice) Drees, Spring Valley, Stephen (Nancy) Drees, Austin, Mary (Jerry) Ott, Dakota Dunes, S.D., Anna (Gene) Wilder, LeRoy, John (Candy) Drees, Austin, Dale (Robin) Drees, Appleton, Wis., Dan (Carol) Drees, Taopi, Neil (Peggy) Drees, Austin, Arlo (Beth) Drees, Austin, Brian (Kelly) Drees, Mason City, Iowa; daughter-in-law: Ella Dodge, Woodbury, Minn.; 53 grandchildren; 100 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother: Cornelius (Glenna) Daiker, Auburn, Iowa; and sisters Colletta Mohr, Fonda, Iowa, and Marietta Sammons, Lidderdale, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph; her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Rose Drees; son Allen Drees in 1985; granddaughters Mary Ann Sanford in 1966 and Suzanne Drees in 1977; grandson Jamie Ott in 1994; son-in-law Wally Sanford in 2006; brothers John B. Daiker, Leroy Daiker, Leonard Daiker, Ivan Daiker and Warren J. Daiker; sisters Mable Schug, Drusilla Abney and infant sister Ila Mae Daiker.