Delores Mae (DeLage) Standaert, age 87 of Glenwood City, WI, died on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Glenhaven, Inc. She was born on July 18, 1927 in Cylon, WI to John and Margaret (Young) DeLage.
She married Loran Eugene Standaert on October 2, 1945 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Loran and Delores owned and operated a dairy farm six miles north of Glenwood City from 1950 to 1985. The stork visited them six times to deliver their children: Kathleen (Stephen) Koosmann, Winter, WI; Michael (Amie) Standaert, Minong, WI; Margaret (Larry) Larson, River Falls, WI ; Karen (Gary) Taylor, River Falls, WI; Barbara Standaert, Glenwood City, WI; and Allen (Amy) Standaert, River Falls, WI.
Delores worked in several capacities throughout her lifetime: cleaning and babysitting for various local families while still attending GC High School; waitressing at the St. Lawrence Hotel in Chicago; working at Friday’s Canning Co. in New Richmond, Fabri-Tek in Amery and Steffen’s Hardware Store in Glenwood City. When Loran was serving in the military, she was even employed as a “soda jerk” at Lee’s Drug Store on Main Street.
Delores enjoyed spending time with her 12 grandchildren: Laura, Jody, Tera, Adam, Joshua, Megan, Andrew, Timothy, Daniel, Rebecca, Aaron, and Robert; step-grandchildren: Chad, Laura and Jamie; great grandchildren: Casey, Jacob, Kenna, Joseph, Kaiden, Kaden, Carson and Madison; step-great grandchildren: Caitlin, Zander, Carissa, and Ty. Other activities that she found pleasurable were baking and cooking, gardening, bird watching, sewing, playing cards and getting together to “gab” with relatives and friends. Delores was involved in Sunny Slope Homemakers, the women’s group at church where she served in many aspects and held the position of President at one point. In 2009, she received the PAX Christi award.
In December of 2012, when she was no longer able to stay in her home due to Alzheimer’s, she moved into the local nursing home. She enjoyed the several activities that took place at Glenhaven, especially the musicians who would come on a regular basis. Several bonds were created with the staff whom she usually referred to as “honey” and she was known to be generous with her hugs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack, and sister Beverly Gillis. She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters: Florence Kahler, Eva Kahler, Marie Mahoney, and Marilyn Wesley; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Delores was a kind, caring, humorous, yet feisty lady who stood up for what she believed in. She was always willing to help out where needed even while raising her children and lending a hand on the farm. She will be missed and remembered by many.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Friday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 9-11 a.m. Cremation and funeral services are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home of Glenwood City. Interment will be at a later date.