Delores Dorothy Treichler (nee Streich) peacefully entered her Savior’s arms in her home in Chandler, AZ, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.
Delores, or Dee to her close friends and family, was born in Victor Township, MN, Sept. 4, 1928. Her parents, Theodore and Wilhelmine, owned a farm just outside of Howard Lake, where they raised Dee and her older brother, Harlan.
Delores was baptized, confirmed, and later married at St. James Lutheran Church in Howards Lake. Dee attended and graduated from Howard Lake High School, and was the 1946 class valedictorian. After graduation, Dee worked at Security State Bank in Howard Lake.
Delores married the love of her life, Harvey Treichler (from nearby Annandale), Aug. 21, 1948. They were blessed with three children: Shirley, Bruce, and Jana. Sharing a beautiful life together, they lived in various locations in Minnesota Annandale, Howard Lake, Edina, and Brooklyn Center.
They moved to Grand Forks, ND in 1958. In 1962, they made the decision to move to Arizona. They packed up one car with as much as it could hold (leaving only the steering wheel free to move), and towed it behind their other car. They lived in Tucson for five years, and then settled in Tempe. Delores remained in Tempe until her move to Chandler in 2015.
Delores and Harvey enjoyed traveling. After the move to Arizona, there was the annual road trip back to Minnesota to visit relatives, friends, and go fishing. Whether work-related or for fun, they made the most of trips to most of the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada.
The travel bug grabbed hold and they ventured to other locales like Australia, Russia, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and cruising the Panama Canal. Dee (and Shirley) even ventured on a 2001 Mediterranean cruise that took them to Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Monaco, and Spain.
Dee’s interests were diverse, and she always kept a busy schedule full of events and activities. She earned an associate of arts degree from Mesa Community College, and worked in the accounting field at an Arizona State University bookstore and assisting a local certified public accountant.
With Harvey on the executive board of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, they found themselves traveling all over the country, and making new friends that would last a lifetime. She enjoyed participating in SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) activities at Gethsemane Lutheran in Tempe, and joined a widows’ support group.
Dee was an active member of the Red Hats Society, and was given the title of Queen Mum. She loved going out to lunch and took any excuse to do so; Red Lobster was a favorite. At the Village at Ocotillo she stayed busy with bingo and Skip-bo.
Dee was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother who treasured her time with family. Through the years, she enjoyed hosting holidays in her home, particularly Christmas Eve. She was known for her delicious sugar and thumbprint cookies that were devoured by children and grandchildren. And, there was always chocolate, a requisite in the Treichler house.
Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Wilhelmine (Klucas) Streich; brother, Harlan Streich and wife, Rachel; husband of 48 wonderful years, Harvey Treichler; in-laws, Rudolph and Hedwig (Zeidler) Treichler; sisters-in-law, Florence Uecker (Waldemar), Vernice Glessing (Howard), and Mabel Loesch (Harold); nephew, David Streich; and son-in-law, Robert Brannon.
Delores is survived by her three children, Shirley (Richard) Johnson, Bruce (Terre) Treichler, and Jana Brannon; grandchildren, Crista (Kurt) Geitzenauer, Meggin Treichler, Amanda Dalton, and Lindsey (Brandon) Keeto; great-grandchildren, Alexxa Treichler, Tajar Johnson, Robert Dalton, and Logan Keeto; and great-great-grandchild, Mateo.
Funeral services took place at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Tempe, Nov. 13. Interment was at Green Acres Memorial Park in Scottsdale, AZ, with a graveside service attended by immediate family only.