Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with Rev. Roger Klassen, O.S.B. officiating and Deacon Rick Scherping concelebrating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 to 10 a.m. Monday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the Christian Mothers, Catholic Aid Council, and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Delores Emma Althaus was born July 21, 1927 in Melrose Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Joseph and Agnes (Schley) Althaus. On June 8, 1948 she married Martin Frieler at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple farmed near New Munich until 1981. Delores worked in the kitchen for New Munich Elementary School and Melrose High School for over 12 years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, St. Anne’s Christian Mothers, Catholic Aid Council, and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary. Delores enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, flowers, painting ceramic nativity sets, and spending time with her great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her son, Dan (Bette) Frieler of New Munich; two granddaughters, Joelle (Troy) Niebergall of New Munich and Julie (Robbie) Deters of St. Joseph; and two great-grandchildren, Skylar Niebergall and Riley Deters.
Delores was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Frieler on July 14, 2007; parents; infant sons, Charles and Mark Frieler; brothers, Leo Althaus, Frank Althaus, and Ervin Althaus; and sisters, Josephine Gerads, Rose Gerads, Clara Franke, Veronica Nelson, Hildegard Nueske, Gladys Lynch, and Alvina Leuthmers.
Serving as casket bearers will be Roger Frieler, Chuck Frieler, Tom Frieler, Kevin Frieler, Don Althaus, and David Nelson. Cross bearer will be Ruth Linn and scripture bearer will be Denise Plumski. Honorary bearers will be the Immaculate Conception Christian Mothers.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.