Delores Opal Everett, Elgin, Iowa, November 22, 2023

Delores Opal Everett, 93 of Elgin, Iowa passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at Stoney Brook in West Union, Iowa. Delores was born July 26, 1930 to Oliver and Reva (Swenson) Torkelson in Elgin, Iowa. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1947, attended Upper Iowa and graduated with a BA in 1973. She started teaching when she was eighteen years old at country school and taught for over thirty years at Valley Community Schools, retiring in 1992.

On July 22, 1951 Delores was united in marriage with Harry Everett Jr. at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa. Three children were born to this union. Delores was a lifelong member of Elgin Lutheran Church, she belonged to the ladies’ circle, Questers group, Library Board and served as president of the Elgin Historical Society. Delores enjoyed playing cards, going to sales, antiquing, eating out, reading, line dancing, knitting and having coffee with the coffee ladies. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Delores is survived by her three children, Janet Aanes of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Errol (Kay) Everett of Marion, Iowa and Brenda (Jamey) Carney of Dysart, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Niki (Jeff) Duin, Travis Aanes, Jodi (Tod) Rosenberger, Michelle (Jeffrey) Bertrand, Megan Everett, Melissa Everett, Colton (Kaitlyn) Carney, Zachary Kelchen and Cody Kelchen; six great-grandchildren; her sister, Janice Johansen of Hays, Kansas and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Delores in death were her husband, Harry Everett Jr. on May 25, 1989; parents, Oliver and Reva Torkelson; sons-in-law, Brian Amundson, Robert Aanes and Larry Kelchen Jr.; brother, Wayne Torkelson; and two sisters, Norma Bloomer and Dorothy Fauser.

There will be a Public Visitation held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home in Elgin, Iowa.

A Private Family Funeral will be held following the visitation.

Burial will be at Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elgin, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.


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