Delores Mae, daughter of Frank and Marie (Ehlers) Terwilleger, was born October 2, 1925 at Defiance, IA. She graduated from Manilla High School in 1943.
On September 25, 1946, Delores was united in marriage with Harvey Christensen at Irwin. Five children were born to this union. They lived in Manilla and operated a café on Main Street for a time after their marriage. Delores also worked for Dyson’s Store and Longnecker Produce.
In her spare time Delores expressed her creativity through sewing, ceramics and baking. She also enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. Her greatest joy was time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Harvey died in 2005 and Delores continued to live in their home in Manilla. She moved to the Manilla Manor Nursing Home in 2015. Delores died at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA, on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the age of 92 years, 3 months and 29 days.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband Harvey Christensen; son Dennis Christensen in 2008; and sister Virginia Domayer.
Delores is survived by her children: Leslee Grau (Craig) of Verona, WI; Barry Christensen (Kim) of Manilla; Susan Christensen of Denison; and Shannon Rogge (Bill) of Manilla; daughter-in-law Rhonda Christensen of Manilla; 8 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sisters Jerrie Ossino of Stockton, CA, and Karen Lawrence (Charles) of Columbia, SC; sister-in-law Mary Grage of Rockwell City; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Interment At a Later Date
Honorary Bearers ~ Delores’ Grandchildren
TRAVIS GRAU THEA GRAU
AMY BLUM CHAD CHRISTENSEN
BETH LYDDON JOSLYN POND