ImaGene  Dieckmann
ImaGene LaVonne Dieckmann, 71, of Ottumwa, died at 2:30 p.m. August 23, 2019 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.
She was born August 23, 1948 in Odessa, MO to Arnold and Ruth Dieckmann.
A 1966 graduate of Fort Osage High School in Independence, MO ImaGene earned a Home Economics degree in 1970 from Central Missouri State University. She began her teaching career at Washington Junior High in Ottumwa and with its closing, went on to Evans Middle School in 1982.
She retired in 2010 with a 40 year career of successful teaching. During her career she became known for class teas that students did for parents. They were elaborately decorated for themes or holidays with a wide array of foods. In the early years, students were costumed to carry out themes. After her retirement, she took up quilting, giving her works to special friends. She enjoyed cooking, and holidays were not complete without her chocolate fudge. She also spent time with home improvement projects.
She is survived by two sisters, Mable (John) Kimbrow of Hot Springs Village, AR, Arlene (David) Twente of Napoleon, MO, their children, nieces Jamie (Craig) Diebal of Jacksonville, IL, Jennifer Twente of Odessa, MO and nephew, Josh Twente of Oskaloosa, IA; a brother, JT (Darlene) Dieckmann of Levasy, MO, his sons, nephews Jeff (Erin) Dieckmann of Levasy, MO and Tyler Dieckmann of Buckner, MO; an aunt, Fay Tilly of Higginsville, MO; three great nieces and two great nephews.
Her special friends, Judy Kilmer of Ottumwa, Curtis Strong and Jason Scott of Fairfield will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts.
Her body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor John Wilbur officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ottumwa Women's Crisis Center, or Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties.
Published on August 26, 2019


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Martha Hoerchler
Oct 11, 2019
A memorial tree was planted in memory of ImaGene Dieckmann.  Plant a tree
Kara Santacroce
Sep 22, 2019
I loved her Home Ec class I took at Evans. I graduated in 2006. I remember learning home to cook. She helped ease how nervous I was. I remember taking the baby home for the night. Such good memories. She was a great teacher and a wonderful lady.
Kenneth Funk
Sep 05, 2019
The one thing that I remember from Home Ec at Washington, measuring lard/shortening the easy way. Instead of filling a measuring cup and then scraping it out, she taught me how to use a bigger measuring cup (4 cups) and put 2 cups of water in it. Then I scooped in the lard/shortening until it the water level rose to 3 cups. Poor off the water and that which is left was 1 cup of lard. I taught that trick to my wife, decades later.
John Penniston
Aug 30, 2019
I loved her in Home Economics at Washington Junior High school also years later spent time with her at another teacher home Mrs. Garr (Thomson) when I would go for weekends with my friend John Thomson she was not only a great teacher but a great person as well
Kathleen Scott
Aug 29, 2019
Blooming Garden Basket was purchased for the family of ImaGene Dieckmann by Kathleen Scott.  Send flowers
Arlene Twente
Aug 29, 2019
Fiery Lily and Rose was purchased for the family of ImaGene Dieckmann by Arlene Twente.  Send flowers
Marsha Grothe Inman
Aug 28, 2019
I was blessed and very lucky to have been in one of her classes at Washington Jr high. She was a wonderful teacher who NEVER gave up on a student. She would move mountains to help her students get what she was laying down and once I (we) got it she was just as excited as we were!!
Rest peacefully Miss Dieckmann for your journey here on earth is done. Know that you done your job well as an educator and that you made your mark here on earth. Now fly, fly high with the rest of the angels and every now and again, when I feel the wind on my cheek I will think of you and remember that you loved to feel the crisp feel of an autumn wind on your cheek.... Thank you for having patience and understand, you will be missedRead more
Christy Sawyer Estes
Aug 27, 2019
She was a precious person and a dear friend. I had the pleasure of working a few summers with her waiting tables at the Ottumwa Country Club. God rest her soul.
Pam Champ
Aug 27, 2019
Greatest teacher ever! I had Ms Dickman in the 70's at Washington Jr. High. Rest in Peace Ms.Dickman my prayers and thoughts are with her family.
Kimberly Seamans-Hicks
Aug 26, 2019
I loved her being in her class at Washington Jr high. She taught us all how to cook and see. I still make the chocolate cover Cherries.
Amber Essary
Aug 26, 2019
I loved Home Economics class with her.
Jody (Rooker) Selch
Aug 26, 2019
She was a beautiful soul! One of my very favorite teachers!! I remember going with her to the furniture store to get huge pieces of cardboard for our Christmas Tea!! We drove home with it on the roof of her car!!! We laughed and laughed! She had an infectious laugh! She was a great teacher and a wonderful person! God got one of the good ones when he took her home!
My thoughts are with her family and friends!
Kent Dieckmann
Aug 26, 2019
I am Saddened by Her Death, Sending Love & Condolences To Her Family! 💔
Betty Turner
Aug 26, 2019
I am sorry for your loss.
Tom Davis
Aug 26, 2019
I am deeply saddened by the passing of this great lady. We worked together for many years. Please accept my deepest sympathy. My thoughts are with her family and many friends. May she rest in eternal peace.