Charlotte Dickinson

Charlotte Dickinson

Charlotte Ann (Rieger) Dickinson, 94, of rural Hiawatha, passed away Thursday afternoon, Sept. 23, 2021, at Valley Falls. Charlotte was born March 21, 1927, near Powhattan, to Lloyd Earl and Winifred May (King) Rieger.

She attended Plum Creek School and graduated from Fairview High School in 1944.

Upon graduation from high school, Charlotte was employed for several years at a Hiawatha bank and later part-time in various offices at the courthouse.

Charlotte was united in marriage to Alvin Emery Dickinson on Dec. 15, 1946, at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Fairview. To this union were born three children, Linda Stephens, Steven Dickinson and Brenda McNary.

Following their marriage, Charlotte and Alvin made their home in Hiawatha. They moved to a farm south of Hiawatha in 1950. Charlotte was a farm wife for 41 years and helped Alvin with typical farming activities such as feeding livestock, driving the tractor for hay making, hauling grain to the elevator, taking lunches to the field, and going for repair parts.

Charlotte was a longtime member of Bethany United Church of Christ and Bethany Women’s Guild, where she was very active through the years. She also was a former primary Sunday School superintendent, Sunday School teacher and choir member. Charlotte also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 0066, VFW 5210 Ladies Auxiliary and Maple Leaf Squares.

Charlotte and Alvin enjoyed family vacation trips including visiting family in Okinawa, Japan. During retirement years, she enjoyed the tour trips, which included visiting 49 states, Panama Canal, Bahamas, Jamaica, Mexico and Canada.

Charlotte was predeceased by her parents; husband, Alvin on Feb. 26, 2012; sister, Kathryn Rees and husband, LeRoy Rees; sister, Mary Holt and husband, Leonard Holt; brother, Bernard Rieger; son-in-law, Robert Stephens; brother-in-law, Warren Dickinson and wife, Dorothy Dickinson; and sister-in-law, Myrtle Krebs and husband, Elmer Krebs.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Stephens of Auburn, Kan., and Brenda (Michael) McNary of Meriden; son, Steven (Kelly) Dickinson of Horton; sister-in-law, Glenda Rieger of Hiawatha; grandchildren, Marcella (Derek) Barker of Topeka, Stephanie Ness of North Branch, Minn., Rebecca Dickinson of Merriam, Bethanie (Dean) Miller of Norfolk, Neb., Matthew McNary of Omaha, Neb., and Jennifer (Joel) Kruse of St. Louis Park, Minn.; step-grandson, Kenneth (Dawn) Stephens of Hiawatha; great-grandchildren, Cody Barker, Trenton Barker, Bailey Dudrey, Dominic Dudrey, Kaleb Miller, Kellie Miller and Kaycie Miller; step-great-grandchildren, Derek Stephens and Althea Jo Jante; and step-great-great-grandchild, Carter Jante.

A celebration of Charlotte’s life was held Monday, Sept. 27, at the Bethany United Church of Christ in Hiawatha with Pastor Shane Spangler officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hiawatha.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Church Memorial Fund, Brown County Historical Society or Midland Care Hospice, which may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha, KS 66434.

A special message or remembrance may be sent to

The Sabetha Herald 9/29/2021


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