Dolores V. Stevermer, 84
Blue Earth Dolores Virginia Stevermer, age 84, of Blue Earth, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winnebago.
Dolores was born on September 15, 1931 in Wells and was the ninth of twelve children born to Anton and Mary (Stenzel) Giese. She graduated from Wells High School in 1949 and attended the University of Minnesota where she obtained her degree in vocal music education. After college she traveled Europe for a year, working as a nanny for one of her college professors. She taught music in Minnesota and Michigan before moving to California, where she taught elementary grades.
When her sister Bernadette Stevermer became seriously ill, she quit her teaching job and returned to Minnesota to help care for her sister and children. On June 15, 1968 she married Lyle Stevermer and lovingly raised Bernadette and Lyle’s five children as her own. When the children were grown, she returned to teaching at Winnebago Elementary school, where she worked as a teacher and paraprofessional until her retirement in 2003. She was diagnosed that same year with Parkinson’s disease, and she accepted her suffering with patience and grace.
The three loves of Dolores’ life were her faith, her family, and music. She volunteered as choir director, organist, and pianist at St. Mary’s for more than 30 years and received the Bishop’s Medal in 2012 for her dedicated service. She was an accomplished pianist and had a love of classical music.
Dolores is survived by her children, Judy (James) Ness, of Winnebago, David (Penny) Stevermer, of Blue Earth, Geri (Terry) McGonegle, of Norwalk, Iowa, Ann (Gary) Ledger, of Williamsburg, Iowa, and Sharon (Jeff) Vriesen, of Blue Earth; 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Angeline Schirmers; brother, Aloysius (Sandra) Giese, brother in-law, John Madden, and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Giese, Fran Giese, and Louise Giese.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Alex, Leo, John (in infancy), Marvin, Peter and James; and sisters, Irene, Mary Ann, and Bernadette.