Delores Christine (Knacke) Dietel, age 89, of Lester Prairie, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
She was born July 12, 1927, in Bergen Township, the daughter of Edward and Lydia (Bathen) Knacke. Delores was baptized as an infant July 27, 1927, by the Rev. Arthur Spleiss, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth April 6, 1941, by the Rev. E. Stahlke, both at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Her confirmation verse was Hebrews 10:23.
Delores received her education in Lester Prairie, graduating from Lester Prairie Public School.
She was united in marriage to Raymond “Ray” Dietel Aug. 16, 1947, by the Rev. R. A. Ritz at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
Ray and Delores made their home in Lester Prairie, sharing over 67 years of marriage, until Ray passed away March 19, 2015. Their marriage was blessed with three sons, Brad, Dale and Dan.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Delores worked at Green Giant in Glencoe, Young America Corporation in Young America, and Telex in Glencoe.
She was an active member at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, where she served on the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and was a Sunday school teacher.
Delores was also a member of the Lester Prairie American Legion Auxiliary Post 463, where she served as a past treasurer.
Delores enjoyed gardening, crocheting afghan blankets, baking, and desserts, especially cinnamon rolls and butterscotch desserts. She loved to reminisce about the gold toilet they used for cards at their 50th Wedding Anniversary, and when her entire family celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary at Rush Lake.
Delores cherished the time spent with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, Bradley Dietel and his wife, Kathy, of Sparks, NV, Dale Dietel and his wife, Jane, and Daniel Dietel and his wife, Patrice, all of Lester Prairie; and grandchildren Greg Dietel and his wife, Beth, of Jordan, Rachel (Dietel) Hoskins of Houston, MN, Robert Mierau and his wife, Greta, of Caledonia, Tamara Lucido of Glendale, AZ, Steven Dietel and his wife, Melissa, of Lester Prairie, Michael Dietel and his wife, Jessica, of Victoria, Erin Herrmann and her husband, Matt, of Lester Prairie, Andrew Dietel of Mound, Eric Dietel and his wife, Hannah, of New Richmond, WI, and Katelin Dietel of Lester Prairie.
Delores is further survived by great-grandchildren Amanda Giannettino and her husband, Nate, Leah Aamlid and her husband, Erik, Jenna Dietel, Thomas Dietel, Tyler Hoskins and his fiancée, Keela, Brett Hoskins, Brennan Mierau, Karsen Mierau, Heather Mierau, Sawyer Mierau, Kaelyn Lucido, Logan Lucido, Rylee Lucido, Alec Dietel, Maxwell Dietel, Carson Dietel, Caiden Herrmann, Bennett Herrmann, and Teagan Herrmann; sister-in-law Leona Schultz of Winsted; brother-in-law Stanley Rustad of Waconia; aunt Lorraine Kerian of Golden Valley; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
In addition to her husband, Ray, Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Lydia Knacke; a brother, DeVan Knacke; a sister, Angeline Stender; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Henry Dietel, Irene Klaustermeier, Clarence Dietel, Linda Hoernemann, Elmer Dietel, and Adela Rustad.
Funeral services took place Friday, March 31 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated at the services. Jane Holasek was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Jesus Lead Thou On,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” and “Abide With Me.”
Casket bearers were Greg Dietel, Rachel (Dietel) Hoskins, Steven Dietel, Michael Dietel, Erin Herrmann, Andrew Dietel, Eric Dietel, and Katelin Dietel
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.