COEUR d'ALENE - Lidwina Dirne, founder of Dirne Community Health Center, died Monday. She was 97.
Dirne, who began the organization in 1986 after immigrating to the Inland Northwest from the war-torn Netherlands, died peacefully with friends and family by her side.
Those who knew her described Dirne as a visionary leader whose passion for serving will be remembered by the community she strove to help.
"She was, and is, a saint," said Lisa Benscheidt, a friend of Dirne's for 20 years through their church, St. Pius X. "Her vision and perception on what was needed in the community and how to bring it about was a miracle ... Read more. Tom Hasslinger, Cda Press
An amazing woman who left a lasting legacy.