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Delores Schwickerath

delores schwickerath
Delores 'Dolly' Schwickerath, age 94, of New Hampton, IA, died Saturday, October 7, 2017, at New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert officiating the Mass. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Hampton with Dolly’s grandsons, Todd Schwickerath, Toby Schwickerath, Chad Steinlage, Wade Steinlage, Chad Humpal, Justin Humpal, Nick Humpal, Mike Humpal, and Josh Schwickerath serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Dolly’s granddaughters, Sandy Rieck, Jenni Bearman, Kayla Hazelton, Emily Wegner, Lyndsey Manderfield, Trista Spencer, Kimberly Amendola, and Jessica Moore. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 6:45 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Thursday. Delores “Dolly” Elizabeth Schwickerath was born July 22, 1923, in rural New Hampton, IA, the daughter of Albert and Catherine (Laures) Schueller. She attended rural county school through the 8th grade. Dolly started working as a homemaker for the Barnett family in New Hampton; cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children for several years. After working for the Barnett family, she went on to work at Pinks Pantry Tavern in New Hampton for a couple of years. Dolly met Virgil Schwickerath at a dance in Lawler and the couple were married June 25, 1946, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton. To this union four children were born. The couple farmed near North Washington, and New Hampton for over 25 years. Life on the farm kept Dolly busy with many duties. She tended to her house and garden, took care of her children and anything else necessary on the farm. After retiring, Dolly and Virgil moved to New Hampton. Dolly worked at Sears in New Hampton part-time after moving into town. Dolly enjoyed baking cookies and bread and would give it away to anyone who would stop by and visit her. Dolly also liked playing cards, embroidery, and playing solitaire. She enjoyed fishing trips to Leach Lake, MN. Dolly enjoyed making cheeseburgers and french fries every Sunday after Mass and would be known to feed people who would stop by. Dolly loved spending time with family and friends especially her grandchildren. Dolly is survived by two sons, Tom (Pat) Schwickerath of New Hampton, IA, Jim (Carolyn) Schwickerath of New Hampton, IA; two daughters, Nancy (Reggie) Humpal of New Hampton, IA, Cathy (Ralph) Steinlage of Lawler, IA; seventeen grandchildren, thirty seven great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil in 2002; two brothers, Clarence and Lawrence Schueller; five sisters, Sally Weigel, Marie Leichtman, Henrietta Elenz, Gen Lewis, and Kathleen “Shorty” Hilsman. Dolly loved the color red, and the family would appreciate if you would wear red to the visitation and funeral in her honor.

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  1. My Deepest Sympathy to the entire family of Dolly. Glad I got to know and care for her. Prayers and Thoughts are with you during this difficult time of Loss.

  2. Tom, Cathy, Nancy and Jim and families: Thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers. Keep her memories alive as I am sure there are some pretty great stories to be told. I always enjoyed seeing her at the NHNRC when my Mom was out there. Such a pleasant lady to visit with. Godspeed!!

  3. All our thoughts and prayers to Dolly’s family. May her memories fill your minds in the coming days. David and Jeanne Roder

  4. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Dolly was a very special lady who I’ll always remember with a beautiful smile and the maker of the yummiest treats. It was clear Dolly loved her family and cherished the moments she was able to spend with you. I’ll keep you in my prayers and send my deepest condolences. I can only imagine the welcome she received in Heaven. I am sure your parents are rejoicing as they reunite again. God bless you all. Jarrett and Angie (Schwickerath) Haskovec

  5. I enjoyed so much visiting and interacting with Dolly when I came to visit my Mother, Beulah (her roommate). She was just a joy to be around. I know Mother will miss her so much as well as myself. Mary Whiteside

  6. To the Schwickerath Family: My deepest sympathy in the your loss of your mother and friend. Dolly was a gracious lady and I always enjoyed visiting and being with her. What a delight! Sharon Trewin

  7. So very sorry for your loss. Dolly was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed. Rich & Becky Schoenfeld

  8. Tom, Cathy, Nancy, Jim, and families…We are so sorry that we aren’t able to be at your Mom’s services; we are on a bus trip for a few days. The picture and the obituary on the website are real nice. I have many nice memories of your Mom, and especially some of when I stayed at your house near North Washington many years ago. She made me toast and bologna sandwiches for breakfast. I still kind of like them and always remember where I first had them. She was a fun aunt. Thinking about all of you during these difficult days. With our deepest sympathy for your loss…

  9. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Dolly ! She was a beautiful lady , with a beautiful smile! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ! She is loved and will be greatly missed ! Love, Ken and Bridget Kuennen and family

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Dolly’s family. I always enjoyed seeing Dolly at the nursing home. May she rest in peace.

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