Blue Earth Delores "Dee" Oelke, age 77, of Blue Earth, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with burial following in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on July 1, 2012, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Blue Earth and one hour prior to services at the church.
Dee was born April 20, 1935, at rural Emerald Township, the daughter of Jonas J. and Minnie A. (Meyer) Schwab. She attended Blue Earth schools and was soon married to Arthur A. Oelke on Oct. 22, 1953, in Blue Earth. She was a homemaker raising a family for many years and had also worked at KBEW Radio as a receptionist for 14 years. She enjoyed golfing, fishing, going to the casino, antiquing, playing cards, traveling to Hawaii, Jackson Hole, Wyo., and going on cruises. Her greatest joy was being with her family and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dee is survived by her son,?Bohn (Laurie) Oelke, of Blue Earth; daughters, Jodell Oelke, of Blue Earth, and JaNell (John) Sabin, of Lakeville; sister, Verla Weitzel, of Blue Earth; brother, Bud?(Erma) Schwab, of Winnebago; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Norstrud, of Blue Earth, and LaVonne Jones, of Georgia; special cousin, Sandra Giese, of Fergus Falls. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jadryn Oelke, Bart Oelke (special friend, Nici Mensing), Nadia (Dustin) Lane, Nicholas Cooan (special friend, Missy Huber), Braiden Zabel, Jameson Sabin (special friend, Cali Klucus), and Jace Sabin; great-grandchildren, Mateja and Manning Lane.
Delores “Dee” Oelke
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur, in 1994; infant son, Arthur; several brothers-in-law; cousin, Bill Giese; and father and mother-in-law, Allen and Lillian Oelke.
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