Delores Wertish


Delores Wertish, age 88, of Olivia died Monday, February 12, 2018 at RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville. Mass of Christian Burial is Monday, February 19th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia with Rev. Dennis Labat as celebrant. Burial is at a later date in the church cemetery. Visitation is Monday at the church from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.

Delores Ann Wertish was born March 12, 1929 at Hector, MN, to Herbert and Alma (Heller) Elling. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Hector High School in 1947. After high school Delores worked in Hector. She met Miloyd Wertish at a dance and they were married on April 28, 1948. They made their home on the farm in Henryville Township and were blessed with six children. Delores farmed alongside her husband helping with everything from milking cows to pulling weeds, she also tended her flower and vegetable gardens including growing lots of strawberries and raspberries. She was an excellent baker, stealing Miloyd’s heart with her apple pie! She also made kolaches, raisin rolls, and bread almost every Saturday morning. Delores and Miloyd enjoyed traveling, dancing, and playing cards. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Bechyn where she taught religious education and participated in CCW activities. Miloyd died in 1988 and in 1992 she moved into Olivia where she was active at St. Aloysius Catholic Church with the CCW and assisting with funeral luncheons. Delores enjoyed keeping company with Milo Kohout for many years until his passing. Delores truly loved visiting with her many friends and spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Delores is survived by her children: Michael (and Bonnie) Wertish of Gilman, Frank (and Vineva) Wertish of Danube, Kathy Clobes (and Mike Buley) of North Mankato, and David (and Kim) Wertish of Olivia; her 14 grandchildren; her 26 great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law Phyllisann Elling, along with numerous nieces and nephews.  Delores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Miloyd Wertish; her sons James J. Wertish and Kenneth Wertish; her grandson James D. Wertish; her brother Orville “Hap” Elling; and Miloyd’s siblings and spouses.

Blessed Be Her Memory