Delores M. HjellmingSeptember 5, 1926 ~ January 8, 2018 (age 91)
**Please note the location of Delores' visitation...Grace Lutheran Church.
Delores M. Hjellming, age 91, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly Watertown, SD, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2018, at a care center in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown. Pastor Jerod Jordan will officiate. Music will be provided by Marcia Jelsma as organist with Judy Everson as vocalist. The family is requested to meet by 1:30 p.m. at the church on Saturday for a family prayer service.
Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 1-2 p.m., prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Honorary pallbearers will be: Mildred Tronvold, Alice Siebrands, Cleo Belk, Edith Noeldner and Arlene Kannas. Active pallbearers are her nephews: Merlin Anderson, Brad Hjellming, Gordon Hjellming, Lynn Hjellming, Scott Hjellming and Jeff Stahl.
Delores was born on September 5, 1926, in Wilmot, SD, to Otto and Gladys (Fryer) Heuer. She was confirmed at Mazeppa Lutheran Church. As a young girl, Delores attended rural schools and graduated from Summit High School in 1945. On November 10, 1946, she married Deverne Hjellming. They farmed in the Florence and South Shore, SD, area for many years. In 1965, they moved to Watertown where Delores owned and operated the Hjellming Rest Home for 10 years. She developed an interest in ceramics and started Sioux Valley Ceramics, which she ran for 20 years. Delores sold ceramics at craft shows in South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota.
Delores was a long time member of Grace Lutheran Church, having joined in 1958. After retiring, Delores enjoyed crafts, especially crocheting, making many afghans for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and Children’s Inn. Delores was a gracious hostess, a wonderful cook and enjoyed having family and friends in her home. In 2012, Delores moved to Sioux Falls due to health issues.
Grateful for having shared her life are her three daughters: Karen (Don) Christensen and Cheryl Lambert, both of Sioux Falls, SD, and Colleen (Todd) Martenson of Farmington, MN; her five grandsons: Darin Christensen of Sioux Falls, SD, Wade (Kristi) Christensen of Brandon, SD, Todd Lambert of Watertown, SD, Tracy (Lindsey) Lambert of Baltic, SD, and Chris (Ann) Johnson of Shorewood, IL; her 10 great-grandchildren; her sisters: Leona (Leo) Avendt of Mesa, AZ, and Hazel Pekelder of Watertown, SD; her brother, Harold Heuer, of Bloomington, MN; and many special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Deverne; and her brother, Stanley Heuer.