Delores Jean Johnson Hauck
(Dee, Grandma Dee)
Delores Jean Johnson Hauck: born on Monday April 5, 1926, Nunda, South Dakota, died Monday, October, 31, 2022, Brookestone Meadows, Elkhorn, NE.
She was the daughter of Gladys Marie Heath Johnson and Iver Tobias Johnson. Delores was preceded in death (2015) by her husband of 69 years, Francis (Fritz) J. Hauck and infant son (1955), Stephan.
Grateful for having shared her life with her children and family:
Gregory B. Hauck, Salt Lake City UT. Francine Marie (Robert) Sparby, Omaha. Douglas J. (Nancy) Hauck, Littleton CO, Barbara J. (Michael) Quinn, Jan (Bret) Matthews, Robert P. (Lori) Hauck, Margaret M. (Anthony) Petersen. (Omaha)
Her sister Cyrissa (John) Grimes Pueblo, CO, Brother-in-law Jerry Hauck, Sisters-in-Law, JoAnn Edison and Janice Schuver.
Ten Grandchildren: Cameron Hauck, Neil Lawrence, Christine Hanke, Jeremy Ideker, Brittany Krantz, Ben Quinn, Ryan Matthews, Amy Matthews, Nicholas Petersen, Sarah Petersen.
Fifteen Great/Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Delores was born in the home of her grandparents, Isabelle and Frederick Heath. She and her parents lived in Nunda, SD, until they moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 1928.
Delores attended Beadle Grade School, Mark Twain, Irving, finishing grade school at Hawthorne Elementary. She graduated from Washington High School, Sioux Falls, SD in 1944. Delores and Fritz met while she was in high school. After her graduation, she traveled to California, staying with her Aunt Rachel and Uncle Bruce Cester. She worked on Mare Island in Vallejo, CA. (During WWII) Lonesome for family and friends she returned to Sioux Falls in 1945. Most importantly she wanted to be in Sioux Falls when Fritz returned from the war. During the war she worked at Sioux Steel (Rosie the Riveter) and Morrell Meat Packing.
Delores and Fritz were married on January 8, 1946, at the St. Joseph Cathedral Chapel. They traveled to Sioux City by train, staying at the Warrior Hotel for their honeymoon. Together they raised seven children, mostly in Sioux Falls’ North End/Cathedral/Terrace Park area. She had many great and life long friends from Sioux Falls.
Delores and Fritz moved to Brookings SD in 1971, then to Omaha, NE in 1973. In Omaha, Delores worked at several different companies: Montgomery Ward, Fred Harvey Reservations and retiring from A&L Midwest Agricultural Labs as a Secretary/Collections. They were fortunate to have spent their early retirement years, traveling in their motor home to Florida and Arizona. Eventually becoming snow birds in Mesa AZ.
Delores loved the travel, meeting new friends and visiting family. She participated in water aerobics until her late 80’s and used her computer into her early 90s: Facebook and casino games. She enjoyed a trip to a casino here and there. Enjoyed Bingo up until she passed. Loved shopping with her bingo “winnings”.
Her focus was her children and GRANDCHILDREN. Through the years she was happiest spending time with them. Making sure we celebrated birthdays and holidays with as many of them as possible. Christmas Eve was her “holiday”. The Grands were commenting on how Grandma Dee made sure the youngest read the Christmas Story from the children’s Bible. In later years making her “Happy Birthday” call to children and grands gave her joy and purpose. She also liked to wear her witch’s hat on Halloween!
Delores, Grandma Dee, wants all of us to REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE, and as she wrote to her children remember who she was:
I want to thank God for who I was,
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Visitation Sunday 3 - 4:30 PM with Rosary at 4:30 PM at Roeder Mortuary 108th Chapel. Funeral Service 10:30 AM Monday (11/7/22) at St. Patrick's Church Of Elkhorn 20500 W Maple Rd. Elkhorn, NE.
Memorials Assistance League of Omaha or Children’s Respite Care.
2727 N 108th St Omaha, NE.