Deloris Gacke

April 9, 1925-June 10, 2013

IVANHOE – Mass of Christian Burial for Deloris Gacke, 88, of Ivanhoe, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton. Memorials are preferred.

Deloris died Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.

Deloris Darline Grohmann was born April 9, 1925, in Hanson County, S.D., to John and Lydia (Minnett) Grohmann. She was raised in various farming communities throughout southeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota. After graduating from high school in Ruthton, she attended teacher training in Ivanhoe. She taught in three different one-room schools in her first years of teaching. Through this experience, she met her husband, who was the brother of one of her brightest students. On June 2, 1949, Deloris was united in marriage to Donald Gacke at the St. Genevieve Catholic Rectory in Lake Benton. To this union were born two children, John and Valerie.

Donald and Deloris farmed near Arco while both were teaching at the public school in Arco and Balaton. They moved to Ivanhoe in 1969. Deloris began teaching at Ivanhoe Public, first as a Head Start teacher, then moving to 4th grade, finally settling in 1st grade. She taught more than 900 students how to read, write and do math and science in her 47 years of teaching. She was a finalist for the “Minnesota Teacher of the Year.” After the teacher certification requirements changed, she attended a number of universities attaining her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southwest State University in its inaugural graduating class. This granted her a lifetime certification as a teacher. She served on many committees for the Minnesota Education Association and was a founding member of the Minnesota Reading Association for reading teachers across the state. She also served in the Ivanhoe Hospital Auxiliary and was active in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church as a president of the Ladies Guild and the Parish Council. She officially retired from teaching in 1991, but never really stopped teaching.

In her leisure time, Deloris enjoyed camping with her family and friends and doing a large number of crafts. She enjoyed golfing with Donald and even had a hole in one that she made with a putter! She served as an activities director teaching crafts and other hobbies at the retirement park where Don and she wintered in Benson, Ariz. Many people have been gifted with her cross-stitch embroidery quilts. She was always offering to teach anyone that would listen about tatting, knitting, cross-stitching, writing books, etc. She authored two books; one about her teaching experiences and one that is the history of the Carl and Helena Gacke family. She was working on her memoirs when she passed away.

Grateful for having shared Deloris’ life are her two children, John (and Sherma) Gacke of Hartford, S.D., and Valerie (and Richard) Lietz of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one grandchild, Justin Lietz of Sioux Falls; two step-grandchildren, Lisa (and Russell) Johnson of Beresford, S.D., and Michelle (and Rob) Ness of Menno, S.D.; and two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Riley Johnson of Beresford, S.D.; her sister, Norma Bushman of Benson, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law, Aletta Krog and Rita Bartos; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Donald Gacke, and her parents, John and Lydia Grohmann.