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Delores E. VellekCelebrant
Fr. Joe Forcelle
Organist ~ Marcene Kniffen
“How Great Thou Art”
“Gift of Finest Wheat”
“On Eagles’ Wings”
Delores Ellen Vellek was born on Wednesday, August 17, 1921 on a farm south of Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota to Severin and Tillie (Giedd) Peterson. She attended school in Charles Mix County. In 1938 at Lake Andes, she was united in marriage to Theo Stock and four children were born to this union: Robert Stock, Norma (Robert) Oien, Yankton, SD, Betty Hauglin, Sioux Falls, SD, and Bonnie (Dick) Sejba, Apple Valley, MN. In 1959, she married William Vellek at Yankton, SD. Together they moved to Chamberlain, following William’s transfer, where Delores worked 3 years at St. Joseph Indian School until William got transferred once more to Pierre where Delores worked at St. Mary’s Hospital for 16 years. After working 32 years, William retired and they moved to Tyndall to care for his mother. In 1980, Delores began working at the Good Samaritan Center of Tyndall. Following William’s passing in 1992, she moved to Yankton to be closer to her family. Delores was a hard worker. She loved doing yard work, keeping up beautiful flowers, and much more. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Tyndall and of the St. Leo Altar Society. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Delores died on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Yankton Care Center in Yankton having attained the age of 93 years and 27 days.
She is survived by her four children: Bob, Norma, Betty, & Bonnie; one brother, John Peterson of Tripp, SD; and many
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Vellek, brother James Peterson, sister Christine Steffen, and
half-sister Mae Engel.
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