Dolores Dreesen, 85, Luverne, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral service was Saturday, Sept. 23, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial followed at the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Dolores Rust was born Feb. 27, 1932, to Ben and Tina (Tjepkes) Rust on a farm east of Magnolia. She attended country school though the eighth grade and kept busy helping her parents on the farm with the chores.
On March 24, 1948, Dolores married Dick Dreesen at the Presbyterian Church parsonage in Worthington. The couple made their home in a trailer on the Buss farm. In 1949 the couple began farming on their own, first renting a farm northwest of Luverne and then a farm southeast of Beaver Creek. In 1956 they purchased a farm northwest of Luverne in Springwater Township which they named “The I.O.U. Ranch.” In the 1980s Dick and Dolores began renting out their land. At this time Dolores helped clerk part time for Mulder Auction Services. The couple moved into Luverne in the fall of 2011. Her husband, Dick, died Feb. 26, 2014. Dolores continued to reside in their home.
Dolores was a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne. She enjoyed making treats and seasonal crafts, embroidering dishtowels, watching Hallmark movies and keeping up with the latest QVC products. She always had a pot of coffee on and was ready to be a great hostess whenever Dick showed up on the yard with company. Dolores loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by her two children, Jim (Pat) Dreesen, Jasper, and Jeane (Jack) Leslie, Luverne; five grandchildren, Sheri (Doug) Baker, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, David (Nora) Dreesen, Fairfield, California, Jill (Chad) Buss, Luverne, Justine (Matt) Sandbulte, Beaver Creek, and Jenna Leslie, Luverne; eight great-grandchildren, John Baker, Tiffany and Megan Dreesen, Lauren and Cole Buss, Emilee and Hattie Sandbulte, and Boston Groff; two brothers, Marvin Rust, Magnolia, and Melvin (Dorothy) Rust, Sioux Falls; and a sister, Joyce (Duane) Mulder, Luverne; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; an infant son, Donald Ray; her parents; a sister-in-law, Lena Rust; a brother-in-law, Lee Jepson; and a nephew, Jeff Rust.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.