Deloris Marie Delzer


April 14, 1927 - November 6, 2019


Deloris Marie (Adams) Delzer, 92, of Ethan, SD, went to her heavenly home November 6, 2019, after a long battle with breast cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Ethan. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Friday, November 8 at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service.  

Deloris Marie (Adams) Delzer was born April 14, 1927 to Harry H. Adams and Edna E. (Harvey) Adams, on her parent's family homestead east of Ethan, SD. She attended Worthen #4 in Hanson County first through eighth grade and graduated Ethan High School in 1945. Deloris was honored to be the first ever Homecoming Queen of EHS. After High School, she attended the Parisian School of Cosmetology in Minneapolis MN, graduating in May of 1946. While attending school in Minneapolis, she married (eloped) Edgar M Delzer on September 1, 1945.

After graduating Cosmetology school, Deloris and Edgar moved backed to South Dakota to begin raising their family of 10 children on a farm east of Ethan, SD. She then moved to Mitchell in 2001. She later moved into Rosewood Court Assisted Living in 2015 and became a resident of Avera Bormann Manor, Parkston, SD in July 2019. Throughout those years she was a lifetime member of the Ethan United Methodist Church, Secretary of UMW for many years, Harry Weeks Aide, Sunday school teacher and church organist. She also belonged to numerous card clubs in the area. Along with being a homemaker, raising her children, and "fixing hair", she was employed at Davis Beauty shop and spent several years as a cook at the Ethan School District.

Deloris was most happy when visiting and reminiscing with family and friends. Playing marbles and cards, playing her favorite songs on the piano, piecing together puzzles, crocheting washcloths or baby blankets, and embroidering were always high on her list of favorite past times.

Grateful for sharing her life are her 10 children, DeWayne (Cynthia), Rapid City, SD, Donald (Janice) Mina, SD, Irene (Leo) Thury, Parkston, SD, Jeannie (Bob) Schoenfelder, Dimock, SD, Jimmy (Tara), Box Elder, SD, Glen (Cheryl), Sturgis, SD, Linda Putnam (Roger Klock), Mitchell, SD, LeRoy (Cindy), Delzer, Rapid City, SD, Elaine (Brian) Winter, Mitchell, SD, and Rhonda (Rick) Hartman Mitchell, SD; 25 Grandchildren; 25 Great-Grandchildren; 5 Great-Great-Grandchildren; one sister, Vera Faye Greenwood, Canton SD; special niece, Shawn Sandness, Canton SD; a host of nephews and nieces; and special friends Nelda Neugebauer and Margaret Scheetz.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edgar (1995) of 50 years; her parents; 2 grandsons; Damion Putnam and Brandon Delzer; son-in-law, Charles Pape; brother-in-law, Thomas Greenwood; and sister, Eva (Leo) Lingemann.


Friday, November 8, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Saturday, November 9, 2019
10:30 AM
United Methodist Church
206 E Ash St
Ethan, SD 57334


Hillcrest Cemetery
Ethan, South Dakota

Posted by Daryl Kurtenbach on January 11, 2020
I am sorry to hear of your mom‘s passing. Reading the obituary brought back a lot of wonderful memories to me. As kids, my sisters and I would often play at your house and also sing a song as well Delores play the piano. Singing the songs was probably the highlight for me because of my interest in music.Delores was such an understanding and pleasant person. I was very fortunate to know her especially as I was growing up. I always will have very high respect for her.
Posted by Vera faye kurtenbach rich on January 8, 2020
We lived across the street from them. Me and my sister phyllis would play with the kids , she was a very nice lady. God bless her
Posted by Phyllis (Kurtenbach) Barringer on January 5, 2020
We lived across the road from Delores and often played with her children. I did visit with her at her apartment in Mitchell. I always admired her for being such a lovely person.
Posted by Dar Engelmeyer on November 9, 2019
She was one of my favorite, complimentary patents who came in for parent teacher conferences. You have my sincere sympathy.
Posted by Tim and Joyce Graff on November 8, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Mom always enjoyed Deloris' company. She was such a sweet lady. She will always live in your hearts. God Bless.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I will always remember Deloris and my Mom playing cards together. Mom so enjoyed Deloris' company. She was such a sweet lady. She will always be just a thought away but forever in your hearts. God Bless.

Posted by Mary Jorensen on November 8, 2019
Glen, Cheryl and Brittany. My thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of your Mother and Grandmother, Hang on to your precious memories and she will be with you forever.
Posted by Judy Puetz McCarthy on November 8, 2019
I am so sad to hear of Delores' passing. Thoughts of all the good times we had when we were all much younger at Ralph and Ruth Neugebauer's and Roland and Barb Bowar's still make me smile! We were fortunate to have loving parents who were shining examples for all of us. May you find comfort in the good times you shared as a family. My thoughts are with you all.
Posted by Chris, Brenda and Riley Aman on November 8, 2019
So sorry for you loss. Out thoughts ans prayers are with you all.
Posted by Judy Sutton on November 7, 2019
Delores was a special friend of my mom, Nelda. We will all miss her sweet smile and soft voice. My sympathies and prayers to her wonderful family. I am confident God has a special angel and we will see her again in eternity.
Posted by Lori (Scheetz) Ohland on November 7, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Delores was a very special lady indeed! I enjoyed all the marble games I got to play with her when I was visiting. I brought Mom over to visit her just a few weeks ago and she still beat me at marbles! She will be greatly missed.
Posted by Beverly Freeman Morse on November 7, 2019
Deloris was a special lady. I have many fond memories of growing up in the neighborhood with the Delzer family.
Posted by Mary Ellen (Baxter) Schiefen on November 7, 2019
Delores was a special friend to my mom, Bertha. Pat passed away on November 5 so maybe Mom and Pat greeted her at the Gate. May God give your extra blessings at this time.
Posted by Kathie Kurtenbach Weight on November 7, 2019
Leo and Irene,
Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing on. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Doug and Sina Glover on November 7, 2019
Jeannie and Bob and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Randy & Shirlee Burmeister on November 6, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss, she was a wonderful lady and mom loved visiting with her. Now mom & dad can play card with her again. Hugs!
Posted by Patricia kelly on November 6, 2019
Avery sweet lady who will be greatly missed
Posted by Tara Cooper on November 6, 2019
Be free now Grandma. Your loving soul I am sure will be cherished in heaven as it was here on earth, till we meet again. We love you
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