Delores Utecht, 92, of Wayne, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.
Services will be held Friday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne. The Rev. Michael Buchhorn will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with family present. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.
Delores Elvera Brockman was born to Henry and Dorothy (Meyer) Brockman on Sept. 20, 1926 on the family farm northeast of Monroe, Neb. She was the second of six children. She attended area schools, and graduated from high school with a third-grade elementary teaching certificate. She began teaching in the fall of 1944, and taught for the next 10 years at schools in Nebraska and Idaho. She married the love of her life, Melvin Utecht, in 1954. Her greatest joy in life was their three children, Ron, Sandy and Jenny. The family lived and farmed southeast of Wayne. Delores raised chickens, gardened, and helped with the baby calves they raised. She was active in local extension clubs, and she and Mel were 4-H leaders. She was also a long-time member of Acme Club. The family moved into Wayne in 1981, and she worked in the hospital dietary department for 10 years. Delores was a published poet; many of her works have appeared in poetry anthologies. Delores had a strong Christian faith, demonstrating that faith through her activity with Ladies Aid, Altar Guild, Duo Club, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and acting as wedding coordinator at Grace Lutheran. In recent years, she made quilts for church missions, and for family members.
Survivors include her son, Ron (Jane) Utecht of Madison, S.D.; daughters, Sandy Morari of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jennifer Utecht of Omaha; grandchildren, Gary Utecht, Kim Utecht, Amanda Morari, Luke (Alexis Coronado) Morari and great-grandson, Lucas Morari; sisters, Lucille Cunningham of Colorado Springs, Colo., Joyce Allgood of Mountain Home, Idaho; special friends, Al and Betty Wittig of Wayne; and a host of other friends and family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mel, in 2012; grandson, James Utecht; two brothers and one sister.
Honorary pallbearers will be Delores’ grandchildren and great-grandchild - Kim Utecht, Amanda Morari, Luke Morari and Lucas Morari.
Active pallbearers will be Brian Loberg, Rod Koch, Kelly Hansen, Dan Hansen, Mark Cunningham and Gary Utecht.