Dolores Marie Walleser, 87, died Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was born January 3, 1933 to Frank and Monica (Hogan) Wagner, in Wexford, (Allamakee County) Iowa. She graduated from IC School in 1951 and married Edwin Walleser in 1953. Educated in life experience and guided by unquestionable faith they grew their farm family and their Gruber Ridge farm enterprise. Ed was the risk-taker and Dolores was the risk-manager. They were powerful partners and created a dynamic family network that has connected many families and generations.
Despite being born in a time of scarcity, Dolores lived an abundant life. A life full of faith, heart, and fierce commitment to her family. She was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and a loyal Packer and Hawkeye follower. When not with her family she loved tending her flowers, jaunts to the local casinos and time spent in spirited games of euchre, bridge or 500 with her treasured card club friends.
Dolores is survived by her four sons: Mark (Kris) and Tom (Janet) both of Lansing, Iowa, Gary (Danielle Luckner) of LaCrosse, Wisconsin and Robert (Kris) of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin; four daughters, Judy (Kevin) Selberg and Sharon Roe (John) of Waukon, Iowa; Diane (Pat Nealis) of Jersey City, New Jersey; and Carol (Gary) Bottorff of Lansing, Iowa; grandchildren, Matt, Joe, Liza (Dustin Flattum), Brad, Mitchell, Marty, Kelsey, Tanner, Trent, Molly, Elli, Olivia and Jed Walleser; Erik Selberg, Laura Timler, Evan and Callie Bottorff and Emma and Isaac Roe; great grandchildren, Leo Flattum and Amelia Timler. She is also survived by brothers, Kenneth (Doris) Wagner of Castalia, Iowa, Clair (Cathy) Wagner of Lansing, Iowa; sisters, Bernice Walleser of Lansing Iowa: sisters-in-laws, Alice Griffin of Dayton, Ohio; Wilhelmina Finkral of Lansing, Iowa; Phyllis (Lu) Kimsey of Fort Collins, Colorado; and Isabelle (Leo) Hawes of Lansing, Iowa; sister-in-law, Virginia Wagner, Schererville, IN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, in 1997; granddaughter, Ashley Ann Walleser and great granddaughter, Ella Timler; her brothers, Melvin Wagner and Cletus (Bud) Wagner; sisters, Mildred, Leota (Dot) Pfiffner and Lucille Wesseln.
Visitation will be held from 3-7 pm with a 2:45 pm Rosary and a 7:00 pm Scripture Service on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Lansing, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before Mass at the church on Monday.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing, Iowa with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant.
Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing, Iowa.
Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lansing, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.