Rush City Dolores M. Chilson, age 89, of Rush City, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Brask Haven Assisted Living.
A Memorial Service was held March 20, 2014, at Calvary Lutheran Church of Rush Point. The Rev. Keith Kolzow officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements by the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.
She was born on Aug. 27, 1924, in Rome Township, Frost, to Oscar and Hilda (Wester) Skaden. She grew up in Frost and graduated from Frost High School in 1942. She went on to attend Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter for one year and graduate from the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in 1946.
Dolores began working at the hospital in Blue Earth in 1950 and was the Administrator and Director of Nursing from 1951 to 1963. She returned to school, attending the University of Washington in Seattle and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1965.
She was united in marriage to Donald C. Chilson on May 14, 1966. She worked as director of nursing at St. Luke's Home in Blue Earth for seven years. They moved to Rush City in March of 1973 and Dolores worked as director of nursing at Memorial Hospital in Cambridge for ten years until retiring in 1983.
She was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Rush Point and volunteered with Family Pathways for five years.
She is survived by her children, Dick (Kay) Chilson, of Woodbury, Don (Ruthanne) Chilson, of Rush City, and Carol (Bob) Grapevine, of Blue Earth; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ardys Frandle, of Frost; brother, Wesley Skaden, of Blue Earth; many other relatives and friends. She also leaves behind her loving family of caregivers at Brask Haven: Rob, Jodi, Karissa, Katie, and their wonderful staff. They took such good care of her and kept her with us the past six years. Thank God for all of you.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Chilson; and nephew, George Frandle.
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