Funeral services for DeLores Mae (Karo) Seger, 80, of Milaca were Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca with the Rev. Timothy Bauer officiating. The organist was Linda Skinner. Vocalists were friend, Barbara Millam who sang “Come to Jesus” and
granddaughter, Leah Pearson who sang “I Can Only Imagine.” Pallbearers were her grandsons, J.D. Seger, Joshua Pearson, Willie Seger, Jonathan Moorlag, Caleb Pearson, Jonah Pearson and Dylan Moorlag. Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters, Caley Philipps, Hannah Kopkie, Veronica Hill, Leah Pearson and Jackelyn Bekius. Burial was at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be directed to the “Guatemala Action Project” (or G.A.P.), which was very dear to her heart.
DeLores died July 14 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on Aug. 12, 1931 on the family ranch near Stuart, Neb. to Max and Marie (Skrdla) Karo. She attended country school and then went on to high school in Stuart from where she graduated with the Class of 1949. As a young woman, DeLores taught country school in Holt County, Neb. for three years.
She was united in marriage to James V. Seger on June 4, 1951 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Atkinson, Neb. This union was blessed with four children, Mike, Ron, Cathy and Julee. DeLores devoted herself to making a warm and loving home for her family. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will long be remembered for her homemade chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, potato salad and caramel rolls. DeLores was known for being a hard worker, farming alongside her husband on their ranch in Nebraska. In 1965 they purchased a farm near Milaca where she continued to help her husband.
She was a faithful member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca where she was active in various ministries and served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. Her faith was a vibrant and important part of her life. She had been involved with the Via de Cristo renewal weekends and served as a short-term missionary to Guatemala in 2001. In the past 12 years, DeLores peeled tens of thousands of apples to make pies which were sold to support the church work in Guatemala and encouraged her family and friends to contribute to the ministry as well. In addition to her work with the church, DeLores was active with the Hansen-Hayes American Legion Post #178 Auxiliary, serving as a president and helping to coordinate the annual blood drive.
Despite her busy schedule, DeLores made her family and friends a priority. She was always up for a game of cards or a round of bingo and patiently taught each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to play her favorite games. Not only was DeLores adored by her 12 grandchildren, but she also became “Grandma” to the many children she provided daycare for and to her grandchildren’s sports teams. Above all, DeLores will be cherished as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who left her loving fingerprints eternally on the lives and hearts of each of her loved ones who live on as her greatest legacy.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years James of Milaca; her children, Michael (Bree) Seger of Wabasha, Minn., Ron (Deb) Seger of Prior Lake, Minn., Cathy (Tim) Pearson of Park Rapids, Minn. and Julee (Don) Moorlag of Milaca; 12 beloved grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren, with two more arriving soon; brother Max “Junior” (Luella) Karo of Stuart, Neb.; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
DeLores was preceded in death by her parents; brother Jackie who died in infancy; sister Dorothy Farr; and nephew Jack Farr.
Arrangements were by the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, Minn.