LAKEFIELD - Della K. Thaemlitz, 85, of Lakefield, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 5, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield with Pastor Ben Rucker officiating. Burial will be in Westernville, N.Y. at a later date.
Della Katherine Ernst was born on Sept. 1, 1927 in Westernville, N.Y., to George and Florence (Perkins) Ernst. She was raised in Westernville, and attended the Holland Patton School there. She married Junior Thaemlitz in Rome, N.Y. on Dec. 29, 1946. In 1958, Junior and Della moved back to Lakefield. Della candled eggs for Land'O'Lakes. She and Junior ran two bars, but mostly enjoyed her time as a stay at home mom.
Della was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield. She enjoyed horseback riding in her younger years. In her later years she enjoyed word books and taking care of her flower gardens and house plants. Della loved to spend time with her family, either at the lake, playing with her great-grandchildren, or shopping with her daughters.
Della is survived by her four daughters, Darlene (Abe) Harder of Westbrook, Brenda Gott of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Deb (Steve) Fricke of Lakefield, and Bonnie (Alan) Kamrath of New Ulm; her son Doug (Lola) Thaemlitz of Estherville, Iowa; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Della is also survived by two brothers: Bill (Barb) Ernst, Frances "Rocky" Ernst, and one sister Thelma Vrooman, all of New York State. She is survived by one brother in law Carlyle (Norita) Thaemlitz of Lakefield, and many nieces and nephews.
Della is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Junior Thaemlitz; two brothers, Harley Ernst and Albert Ernst; one sister Jenny Tebow and three grandchildren.