Basham Funeral Service


Delores G. Schimke

( May 26, 1931 - May 06, 2020 )

Delores G. Schimke, 88, of Wessington Springs passed away Wednesday evening May 6th at the Avera Weskota Memorial Medical Center in Wessington Springs.

A private family service will be held Monday May 11th at 2:00 PM at the United Methodist Church. The service will be live streamed on fasebook.com/Wessington Springs/UMC. Burial will be in the Prospect Hill Cemetery.

     Delores Glenna Schimke was born on May 26, 1931 in Wessington Springs to Rawson and Esther (Curl) Monroe. She lived in Jerauld County her entire life.

   She attended rural school at Madden and Schubert, and graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1949. She earned her teacher certificate by attending summer school at Wessington Springs Junior College from 1949 to 1955, until she had two years of college. Fall of 1949 began teaching rural schools in Jerauld County for eleven years. She taught six years at Linn, four years at Long Lake and one year at Schafer.

     She had met Donald at a dance and they dated for five years. On May 24, 1959 Delores and Donald were united in marriage at the Methodist Church in Wessington Springs, South Dakota.

     They were blessed with three children: Merle, Eileen, and Larry.  Delores and Donald celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2009.

     Delores learned at an early age to do whatever had to be done on her parent’s farm. Later being a farm wife, helping her husband milking cows, feeding little pigs, pet calves, raising chickens and butchering them.

     She had a busy life cooking, baking, gardening and canning her vegetables, especially dill pickles for the grandchildren. She enjoyed visiting and reminiscing over photographs and having over thirty scrapbooks of her family.

     Delores had a spunky personality and family always knew what she was thinking. Her favorite quote was, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”.  She kept an interesting diary every day for over forty years, and could recite names and birthdays of her family, relatives, friends and children she taught.

   Delores was baptized and became a member of the Templeton United Church of Christ in 1959.  She was involved with the fellowship, taught Bible and Sunday school. She went on several bus tours with her husband and enjoyed them very much.

     Her husband died November 26, 2011 and she continued to live on the farm with her son Larry.  She and Larry moved to town in the summer of 2015. She enjoyed going to the library and going up town and visiting with people.

     She was a loving wife, devoted mother and proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They will miss her greatly.  She remains with us in our hearts and memories.

     Grateful for sharing her life for 52 years with her husband, Merle and his wife Marci of Wessington Springs; Eileen Eisenbeisz and her husband Derek of Bowdle, SD; Larry Schimke of Wessington Springs;

Seven grandchildren Lacey Schimke, Layton Schimke, Loriann Schimke, Christina (Jeremy) Hormann, Cassondra (DeWayne) Sowards, Chelley (John) Willoughby, Caren (Andrew) Schmidt. Ten great-grandkids, sister-in-law, Joan Monroe and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents: husband, Donald (2011) & his parents; twin brothers Darrell and Darwin; sister Beverly Horsley; sister-in-law Jennie Cleveland, Doris Schimke & Della Schimke; brother-in-law’s, Gerald Horsley, Walter, Arthur & Milton Schimke