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Delores Marguerite Lang

Delores Marguerite (Oster) Lang, age 84, of Buffalo, formerly of Howard Lake, died Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Sunrise Assisted Living of Buffalo.

She was born Sept. 5, 1922 in Cold Spring, Minn., and obtained her teaching degree from St. Cloud State Teachers College. For over 10 years, she taught physical education and other subjects at several high schools including St. Cloud Cathedral, St. James, Stillwater, Howard Lake, and Silver Lake.

Delores was a very active Girl Scout leader, and was instrumental in expanding the Girl Scout troops in Howard Lake. She believed in helping girls and young women become strong, confident, and contributing citizens.

In her early 70s, Delores worked as a librarian at the Howard Lake Public Library, sharing her love of reading and helping others to find “just the right book.”

After her second “retirement,” she continued her lifetime of volunteering by assisting others at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center and St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

In addition, Delores directed the church choir at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly for many years.

Delores enjoyed spending time with her two granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren. Several years ago, she celebrated her 30th anniversary as a breast cancer survivor at the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation “Race For The Cure.”

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marguerite Delores Lang; son-in-law Orlyn Knuth; sisters Rosemary Koop and Yvonne Haffley; brother Jack Oster; infant twin brother and sister, Michael and Emma; and her parents, Daniel and Emma Oster.

Delores is survived by her son Terry Knuth of Howard Lake, daughter Krista Lang-Shasky (John) of Minneapolis; grandchildren Kate (Jason) Benson of Annandale, and Karie (Rich) Tieszen of Dutch Harbor, Alaska; great-grandchildren Collin, Noah, and Jenna Benson; sister Renee (Joseph) Willenbring of Cold Spring; and eight nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly with the Rev. Timothy Cloutier officiating. Music was provided by Mae Beth Wannarka. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday, May 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Friday at the church, one hour prior to the Mass.

Casket bearers were Mark Haffley, Kaye Roan, Rosemary “Toy” Ward, Bede Willenbring, Mike Willenbring, and Thomas Willenbring.

Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

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