Delores Mae Hendricksen, 86, Luverne, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at the Sanford Luverne Hospital after a brief illness with COVID-19.
A private family graveside service was Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Delores Stevens was born on Nov. 13, 1933, to Donald and Minnie (Sodergren) Stevens in Mitchell, South Dakota. She was baptized and joined the First Methodist Church on March 25, 1945. She attended grade school and high school in Mitchell. During high school she worked at Roxy Theatre and following graduation at St. Joseph Hospital.
Delores married Fred Hendricksen on Nov. 17, 1951, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. She became a member there after her adult confirmation on April 11, 1954. The couple lived in Mitchell, and Delores worked part time at Hendricksen Body Shop while raising their young children and being a homemaker.
The family moved to Luverne in 1965, and the couple began Fred’s Body Shop in 1975, with Delores again helping out part time at the business. Fred died on June 23, 2010. In 2016 Delores became a resident at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
Delores was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. She had fond memories of the neighborhood birthday club on Cedar Street. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking. Playing cards and board games with family and friends were her favorite pastimes. Over the years she enjoyed entertaining family and friends, and Sunday family picnics and family reunions were some of her most cherished memories.
Delores is survived by her six children, Gregory (Julie) Hendricksen of DeForest, Wisconsin, Peggy Hewitt of Luverne; Cindy (Daniel) Rierson of Roseville, Jerry (Gayle) Hendricksen of Tea, South Dakota, Kristi (Eric) Mueller of Marion, Iowa, and Nancy (Terry) Hoogland of Luverne; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Berniece Preston and Elaine Dougherty; and many extended cousins from the Lassegard family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; her parents; her stepfather, Joel Raymond Johnson; an aunt, Bernice Remmen; two sisters-in-law, Doris Schulz and Mary Ann Steinmetz; and one brother-in-law, Richard Hendricksen.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.