A funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Breckinridge, Okla., with Pastor Art McCormick officiating.
DeLores grew up on a farm with her parents, two brothers and two sisters. She attended Zion Lutheran parochial school and was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith in 1939. She graduated from Marysville, Kan. High School in 1945. She moved to the Enid area in 1945 where she was a mother, homemaker and farmer's wife. She was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Breckinridge and active in LWML.
DeLores was a member of Harmony Extension group, sang with the Melody Girls, the Garfield Singers and was active at the Breckinridge Community Center. She volunteered through the RSVP program and was a precinct worker for the election board. In 1986 she was named Garfield County Homemaker of the year. She toured Germany and Austria with the Red Carpet Country Choir. She loved music, gardening, and quilting, having quilted over 100 quilts for her family and friends. She was a friend and neighbor, but her most important focus was her family. She was a huge supporter of her children and grandchildren, attended many of their activities and was always concerned about their welfare. She loved watching the beautiful birds and other wildlife wandering through her backyard, from her picture window. She was indeed a "jewel".
Surviving are her six children, Rod Heitfeld and Linda Thomas of Enid, Okla., Marilyn Brehmer of Dexter, Ed Heitfeld and wife Willa of Sand Springs, Okla., Ruby Riemann and husband Dennis of Enid, Okla., Judy Vencl and husband Wendell of Garber, Okla., and Roy Heitfeld and wife VaNee of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Belinda Marsh and husband Paul, Rob Heitfeld and wife Kendra, J.T. Brehmer and wife Monie, Julie Brehmer, Sarah Heitfeld, Laurie Heitfeld, Lindsey Riemann, Patrick Riemann, Daryn Vencl, Chase Vencl, Valeene Stokes and husband Robert, and Louis Heitfeld; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor Marsh, Amber Marsh, Kaylee Heitfeld, Kaden Heitfeld, Meagan Smith-Brehmer, Will Brehmer, Cy Warlick, Kwinton Riemann and Kayla Stokes; one sister, LaVerle Duever, of Herkimer, Okla. and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Willard and Louis; sister, Opal Ellis; and son-in-law, John Brehmer.
Interment was Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at 1 p.m. in Zion Mt. Calvary Lutheran Cemetery, Herkimer, Kan.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery Contingency fund or Breckinridge Community Center with Anderson Burris Funeral Home as custodian.