Rosemary Louise Hess Dirksen, 77, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, at the River Terrace Health Campus in Madison.

She was born on May 29, 1944, in Salina, Ohio, to Leo J. and Viola Boeke Hess. She graduated from St. Henry High School in St. Henry, Ohio, in 1962, and then attended Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Dayton, Ohio, earning a nursing degree. She married David Joseph Dirksen on Nov. 21, 1964, in Carthagena, Ohio, and they had three sons and daughter. She first worked as a floor nurse and surgical nurse for four years at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital before moving from Carthagena to Madison in 1977. She then went to work cleaning for the Prince of Peace Parish and Rectory for three years and worked as secretary for the Prince of Peace Catholic Church for 22 years. She was a member of the Clifty Swingers Square Dance Club, Prince of Peace Parish Ladies Organization and she enjoyed the Card Club. She enjoyed watching all sports — especially NASCAR — crocheting, gardening, watching and feeding hummingbirds and growing flowers.

Survivors include her sons, Doug Dirksen of Dupont, Indiana and Alan J. Dirksen and Timothy Dirksen, both of Madison; her daughter, Arlene Semon of Madison; her sisters, Edna Hess of Dayton, Martha Hoying of Madison, Anita Dirksen of Rossburg, Ohio, Marilyn Dirksen of New Weston, Ohio and Kathy Schultz of Hawaii; four brothers, Carl Hess of Caledonia, John Hess of Dayton, Ohio, Joe Hess of Carthagena and Lester Hess of Columbus, Ohio; and five grandchildren, a great granddaughter, several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years on Dec. 23, 2018; and an infant brother.

Funeral mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Interment will follow in the St. Patrick Cemetery on Madison’s hilltop. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 and 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, both at the funeral home. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church through the funeral home. Online condolences and memorials,