Dolores Erna Lemke, age 84, of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.
She was born July 12, 1927, in Corcoran Township, rural Rogers, the daughter of William and Emma (Staats) Grambart. Dolores was baptized Aug. 7, 1927, at Salem Lutheran Church, Greenfield Township, Loretto, by the Rev. William Haar; and confirmed in her faith at this same church March 17, 1940, by the Rev. W.P. Haar, Jr.
Dolores married Donald Lemke June 23, 1948, at Salem Lutheran Church by the Rev. W.P. Haar. Their marriage was blessed with four sons.
Dolores and Don lived in Howard Lake, where Don was a carpenter, until 1986, when they retired to live on Bay Lake, near Deerwood. They enjoyed going to old time dances, gliding across the floor during the polkas, and never leaving until the music ended.
In their retirement years, Don and Dolores looked forward to spending winters in Mesa, AZ.
As a homemaker, Dolores loved to cook, garden, and clean. She always enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.
While a resident at the Good Samaritan Care Center, Howard Lake, she participated in many of the center’s activities, looking forward to the St. James Bible Study time each week.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, William and Emma Grambart; husband Donald; a brother, Howard and a son, Thomas.
She is survived by three sons, Keith and his wife, Sally of Buffalo, Wayne and his wife, Becky of Waverly, and Lyle and his wife, Mary Jo of St. Joseph; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Elaine Chouinard of Eden Prairie and Margie Lemke of Mora; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Monday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld and Deacon David Taylor officiating. Special music was provided by a women’s choir, with Nancy Butterfass serving as organist. Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.
Visitation was Sunday, April 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, which handled the arrangements.