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Lettie Diekroeger

d. February 3, 2021

Lettie Diekroeger, age 84, of Sherman, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Concordia Village in Springfield with her daughter, Leigh, by her side.

She was born July 18, 1936 in Hannibal, MO, to George and Maxine Hicks.

Lettie graduated from Hannibal High School and attended Central Methodist College where she met Jim.  They were married September 2, 1956 at the First Christian Church in Hannibal, MO.

She was a long-time member of the Sherman United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and served on the Board of Trustees.

Lettie was a volunteer at the Williamsville-Sherman School District as a Librarian.

Her joys were playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, knitting, and especially, hearing about her family.

She is survived by her husband, James; daughters, Lisa (Jim) Stone of Tennessee, Leigh (Chris) Flatt of Rochester; grandsons, Drew (Abby) Flatt of Chatham and Taylor (Malvika) Flatt of Overland Park, KS; great-granddaughter, Anna Flatt; sister, Beth (Bud, deceased) Youle of Chicago, IL; two nieces, Julie, Amy and several cousins.

Visitation for Lettie will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at the Sherman United Methodist Church.  Private family services will be held with Rev. Jon Carrell officiating.  CDC guidelines will be followed for the visitation and service.  Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Williamsville at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Sherman United Methodist Church.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Aunt Lettie. I am so blessed to have called you my Aunt. I love you dearly. Enjoy each day in heaven. Thank you for all your love

    Love you all to your whole family. Prayers to Uncle Jim, Lisa, Leigh, Jim and. Chris.


  2. Lettie you gained your wings! Now you can fly high. You left quite a legacy through your children. I am proud to have been a small part of your life!

  3. Jim
    And family are in my thoughts and prayers !

  4. My prayers are with you and your family Jim. She was a very special lady and a joy to know.

  5. Tony and I are so very sorry in the passing of your wife and mother. Tony of course remembers her well as our families have been friends for many years. God Bless all of you during this sad time. Love and Hugs Tony and Anita.

  6. My best Jim and family. Lettie was a great lady.

  7. I grew up in Hannibal with Lettie and we were were classmates in High School. Lots of fond memories of those days many, many years ago.

  8. You where a wonderful friend, bridge partner, knitting buddy and much more. We are praying for Jim and family. What a blessing she was to anyone who knew her. Will be walking together again in heaven!❤️

  9. On behalf of my wife, Joanne Heward Flynn (who we lost 4 months ago) and I, please accept sincere sympathy at the loss of one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. God must have needed another special angel.

  10. We were classmates at Hannibal High School. Lots of fond memories. Happy journey, Lettie.

  11. We were neighbors for twelve years shared many memories to keep in my heart. Your friendship was special to me. As many have said you were a very sweet person and good friend. I am now the last of the SIOBS you must carrie on until I arrive.

  12. To Jim and family, Loren and I were so sorry to hear of Lettie’s passing. She was such a sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Mr. Diekroeger, Lisa, Leigh and families – please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort and peace of heart now and in the days ahead.

  14. Jim, Lisa, Leigh and family
    We are so sorry to hear of Lettie’s passing. Great memories of a very sweet lady who was one of the great mothers of the neighborhood. It took a village to raise us and she was a big part of that.

  15. Jim, our sincere condolences for your’s and your family’s loss of Lettie. We have enjoyed knowing both of you for the longest time. Blessing to you all in the name of our Lord. She was a wonderful lady.

  16. Jim, so sorry for your loss. Lettie was such a beautiful person. You do have Mary and my sincere sympathy.

  17. Sincere sympathy to your family. Lettie and I were friends since 5th grade. I wish I could have spent more time with her as an adult. We had fun times in grammar school and high school

  18. Jim and family,

    So very sorry to read of your loss and wish to extend my deepest sympathy. Lettie was a wonderful individual and I have fond memories of when we were in the same Bunco group. She was always such a delight to be around and I know she will be missed by all who knew her. May God be with you all during this sad time.

  19. Remembering Lettie..

    It was a big day when Mr. and Mrs. Diekroeger moved into the neighborhood. As I watched the moving van being unloaded, I learned that they had a daughter that was just my age, and we would both going be going into the third grade in the fall. My friendship with Lisa, and the Diekroeger-Allison friendships ,were treasured and have lasted for over 55 years. What a blessing in our lives.
    As I remember Mrs. Diekroeger, her smile and laugh would light up a room. She was a joyful person! She could hula hoop better than all the girls in the neighborhood. I remember the many sleepovers and family dinners at the Diekroeger home. She new how to present a lovely meal. I remember Mrs. Diekroeger listening to her favorite album, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and Lisa and I would dance to the music in the living room. Lisa and I were so excited the day her mom bought both of us Snow white coloring books. I remember Snow White’s dress on the cover was flocked. We even went to see the movie. I am sure that Leigh was part of the fun as well! Mrs. Diekroeger knew how make their house into a home, and I remember their beautiful Christmas trees. Even Sugar, their beloved cocker spaniel, found love with her new mother. There are many other memories of her- swimming at the Ann Ruttledge Motel pool. going to each other’s home for prom photos, attending basketball games to cheer on Jim, sending us off on our senior trip, finding her in the pew as I walked down the aisle at my wedding, and many more happy times.
    Mrs. Diekroeger was an important person in my life and her spirit will forever be among us. Rest in peace, Lettie.

  20. God bless letties family and friends. Tom and I send prayers to our church friends. Remembering your home in Petersburg Illinois her hospitality at umw and talking with you both at senior luncheon at church. Jim don’t be a stranger. We have been seeing you at Drive in church services. Remember the good times. Love the Robinsons of Sherman

  21. Jim and Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. God Bless, Greg and Tina Bestudik.

  22. Jim, Lisa and Leigh,
    Lettie was such a beautiful sunshine who shared her light with so many! May your memories give you joy, may the support of family and friends give you comfort and may God’s grace give you peace.

    Carol Glasscock Woodrum

  23. Jim, Leigh and Lisa,

    Lettie had such a warm and vibrant spirit that touched everyone in her presence!

  24. Jim and Family,
    Our thoughts are with you as you grieve for Lettie. She was a beautiful woman who was so kind to everyone.
    She will have a special place in Heaven.

  25. Jim and Family,

    Our heartfelt sympathy in your loss of Lettie. She was kind and gracious and always had a smile on her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Anne and Marvin Russell

  26. I am also an old time neighbor of the Diekroegers. Lettie was the first to welcome us to the neighborhood and the girls babysat our children. Wonderful memories of those years and Lettie was always right in the middle of whatever was going on in the neighborhood. Jim and girls you have my sympathy. RIP Lettie.

  27. Heart felt sympathy for the family. Lettie was a part of our knitting group. She was a real Lady and we loved her. Beth is too. God be with you during this trying time

  28. Dearest Jim and family,

    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We send our heart felt condolences to all of you. Lettie was a very special lady for all of us who were lucky enough to know her. Her smile, kindness, love of her church family, friendship, and a great neighbor friend for many years. We will all miss her presence but she will forever remain in our hearts. God will see you through this difficult time. She left a lot of joy for each of us to easily remember her love. Blessing to each of you.

    Love n friendship, Roger and Opal

  29. Jim, Lisa and Leigh,
    May i extend my deepest sympathy. to you and your family. I enjoyed visiting with Lettie when she came for Williamsville High School Teacher Conferences to discuss her daughters progress in English. The reports were always good. Keeping all of you in my thoughts
    Marygene Ritchie.

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