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Delores Sikkila, 71

Delores (Libor, Quast) Sikkila, age 71, of Buffalo, died Saturday, March 6, 2010.

She was born Aug. 2, 1938, in Delano, to Peter and Mary (Kittock) Libor, the 12th child of the 17 in the Libor family. Delores attended St. Peter’s Catholic School of Delano through the eighth grade.

She then attended the St. Francis High School as a boarder, putting herself through high school while working at St. Otto’s Nursing Home. She graduated in 1956.

Delores worked as a secretary until she married Stanley Alvin Quast of Winsted. They resided in Shakopee before purchasing a home in Chaska. Her children were Russell, Jeffrey, Juanita, Lisa, Lori, and James.

The family moved to a hobby farm north of Delano, where Delores raised steers, pigs, and chickens, and planted large vegetable gardens. Her husband, Stanley, worked as a mechanic, and passed away in 1998.

In 2000, Delores moved to Delano where she resided until 2004, when she married Marvin Sikkila of Buffalo. The couple resided together in Buffalo, where Delores was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, serving as a eucharistic minister there. She and Marv also volunteered at the Buffalo Food Shelf.

Delores loved to dance and was a former member of the Polka Club of America.

She was an avid fisher lady and loved fishing lakes and rivers for over 40 years. Her largest trophy fish was an 11-pound walleye from the Crow River north of Delano.

Delores learned to shoot guns after she married Marvin, and really enjoyed this hobby. She hunted deer with slugs and muzzleloader, and also went pheasant hunting and prairie dog shooting in South Dakota.

Delores was a member of the national and local Cowboy Action Shooting Club of Cokato, and the Buffalo Sportsman’s Club, where she enjoyed trap shooting. She also did long range shooting, and she and Marv traveled to various competitions in other communities.

Delores was a Red Cross disaster worker and was DSHR certified to travel for disasters in the US. She also enjoyed reading and corresponding with friends and family on the computer.

Delores was a member of the Delano American Legion.

Delores and Marvin loved to play cards and bingo, and traveling to casinos throughout the state. A member of the EAA, Delores loved to attend the Oshkosh Air Show in Wisconsin.

She and Marv, a pilot, also loved to travel. They took a trip to Alaska, which was Delores’ lifelong dream trip, and also took numerous other trips in the US.

Her love for feeding the birds all her life made Delores aware of the necessity of planting trees, bushes, and flowers wherever she lived. She always said she was creating a jungle for the next tenants, besides habitat for her birds. She had a green thumb, and always demanded her seedlings to grow, which they did, as ordered.

Delores will be missed by “her Bunny” Marv, their two families, and many dear friends and relatives. She loved people, no matter where she traveled in life.

Delores had a great sense of humor, and loved to sing, laugh, and “pull her own strings in life.” Her mottos were: “Life is what you make it!” and “Trust in the Lord to help you make it a good life,” which she did.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, March 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Visitation was Tuesday, March 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, and continued Wednesday for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo served the family.