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Delores Richter

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Delores "Dee" M. Richter, age 90, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 surrounded by her family at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Fr. Brian Dellaert celebrating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, with a 3:30 PM Rosary and a 7:00 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Friday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Delores Marie was born May 20, 1929, the daughter of Werner and Emma (Ostwald) Gade on the family farm in Whittemore, IA. Her family later moved to West Bend, IA where she graduated from West Bend High School in 1948. Dee played high school basketball as a guard and clarinet in the band. She worked at Givens Restaurant during that time. While out for a walk one day, Dee ran into a young soldier returning from WWII. This young soldier's name was Bernard Richter, whom she fell in love with and married on December 17, 1948 at St. Peters' and Pauls' Rectory in West Bend, IA. The couple made their home on the Richter family farm where they welcomed their seven children, Larry, Gerald, Linda, Dennis, Gery, Karen and Wayne. They moved to Ionia in 1958, and later moved to New Hampton. Dee worked at the Town Talk Restaurant before beginning her career at St. Joseph's Hospital. After 32 years, Dee retired from the hospital in 1995. Retiring from St. Joseph's was the beginning of a new chapter where she worked as a home caregiver for several families in and around New Hampton. In Dee's spare moments, she enjoyed embroidery, quilting, gardening and baking (especially at Christmas). Her family was her pride and joy, soaking up every moment with them. She was a member of Holy Family Parish and active with the Rosary Society. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Larry Richter, Linda R. (Allen) Heit, Dennis (Susan) Richter, Gery (Cherry) Richter, Karen (Don) Utley all of New Hampton; her grandchildren, Lisa Strecker, Jill (Jamie) DeSloover, William (Tabitha) Richter, Joleen (Mike) Hayden, Dan (Bekah) Heit, Shelly (Dave) Daly, Sondra (Brian) Thalken, Jennifer (Chris) Hovey, Kye (Tiffany) Richter, Kalee (Bo) Richter, Kaitlyn (Andy) Richter, Philip (Michelle) Utley, Tony (Jennifer) Utley, Kerrie (Brett) Franzen; 33 great-grandchildren +1 on the way; her siblings, Emmy Sewick of Algona, IA, Richard Gade of California, Darlene (Putter) Jergens of Gilmore City, and Judy (Vern) Wagner of Audubon, IA; and numerous nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard; her two sons, Gerald and Wayne; her daughter-in-law, Linda M. Richter; her grandson, Larry Richter, Jr; grandson-in-law, Stephen Strecker; her brother, Milford Gade; sister, Lorraine Bell; brothers-in-law, Blaine Bell and Ray Sewick. agen, and grandchild, Dean.

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  1. Delores Family, we are sorry for your loss. Ill always remember the smile. How helpful she was at church doing what ever was needed. My the Family find peace knowing Jesus is holding Your Mom now.

  2. I worked at the hospital when Delores did, she always had a smile and a few minutes to visit. Even after we both no longer worked at St. JoesMercy if I would run into her she would love to visit. Rest in peace.

  3. Delores was a real nice lady. Remember her helping out at funeral dinners. Our prayers go out to her family.

  4. Dennis and Susan , So Sorry for your loss. Deepest Sympathy to you and your Family. John and Ronda Kuehn

  5. I can remember her working in the laudry at the hospital with my grandma and I work with her also. She was a wonderful lady.Deepest sympathy to the family. Gloria Peters Fox

  6. My Deepest Sympathy to the entire family for the Loss of Delores. She always had a smile! Prayers and Thoughts are with you during this difficult time of Loss of loved one.

  7. To Delores Family-Sending Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy to all of you. Growing up your Mom was a second Mom to me. Such a wonderful lady and she made the best chili!! Youre all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. She is now with your Dad and Wayne. Rest in Peace Delores,

  8. My prayers to the entire Richter family. She used to walk by my place and I got to chat with her in the summer. And when I was out in my backyard I saw her sitting on her front steps enjoying the day. Another great neighbor gone.

  9. Delores family I worked at the hospital when Delores was employed there in the laundry department! She was very concerned that her work was exceptional and well received! Her laundry had to be just so! She had a work ethic that is not seen today by many employers! God rest her soul!

  10. We were away on vacation when Delores passed. We pass our prayers and thoughts to the entire family for your loss. What a nice lady she was.

  11. We first knew Dee through working at the hospital. When she became a home caregiver we were blessed to have her kind caring help with my housebound mother. She was such an enjoyable person – always with a smile a kind word. Sincere sympathies to her family. Heaven is truly richer for her presence! Brita Richard Reams

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