Delores Mae Lynch, 90, of Grundy Center, Iowa passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Grundy Care Center, in Grundy Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required by state and local authorities and the CDC. A private visitation and service will be held at the Abels Funeral & Cremation Service-Engelkes Chapel in Grundy Center. A private burial will be held at the Rosehill Cemetery in Grundy Center. Memorials may be directed to the family. Memories and messages of condolence are encouraged and can be left at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
Delores was born on July 21, 1929 in Warren Township, Bremer County, Iowa. She was the sixth of nine children born to Fred and Clara (Kueker) Heine. Her family attended church at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Artesian in rural Waverly. She was baptized on August 11, 1929 and confirmed on April 18, 1943. Delores attended grade school at Artesian; she was the first of her family to attend high school and graduated from Tripoli High School in 1947. After high school, she moved to Waterloo and worked at Rath Packing. Delores was united in marriage to Wayne Lynch on August 21, 1949 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church. After their marriage, they moved to Grundy County to farm. Delores was a housewife, helped Wayne on the farm and with his accounting business, and raised two wonderful daughters. Wayne passed in 1989; Delores continued to live on their farm until 1999 when she moved to Grundy Center. In 2015, Delores moved to the Grundy Care Center.
Wayne and Delores enjoyed many fishing trips together and enjoyed playing cards with friends. They were longtime members of the American Lutheran Church in Grundy Center. After Wayne passed, she stayed busy with women’s circle, quilting, volunteering, exercising, and playing cards with friends.
Delores will be remembered as a strong, hardworking, generous, and caring person. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and eventually, her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed many trips with family as well as their family Christmas Eve tradition.
Delores cherished her grandchildren and was always there for them, sharing in their life events. Each grandchild has special unique memories with Grandma, as well as several handmade treasures that she made for each of them over the years. Once her great-grandchildren arrived, she thoroughly enjoyed getting down on the floor and playing with them any chance she could. Delores’ faith in Jesus was passed down along the generations and is evident in the lives of her great-grandchildren.
Delores is survived by two daughters, Judy (Jim) Freed of Grundy Center, and Janet (Tom) Freed of Cedar Falls; six grandchildren, Adam (Alicia) Freed of Urbandale, Brian (Jennifer) Freed of Grundy Center, Jodi (Matt) Dahm of Cedar Rapids, Sara (Jeremy) Stewart of Grundy Center, Lora (Mark) Schipper of Waverly, and Mark (Kayla) Freed of Cedar Rapids; fifteen great-grandchildren, Klayton, Jocelyn, Caleb, Reagan, Hannah, Jillian, Benjamin, Benson, Madison, Sadie, Evelyn, Tanner, Malcolm, Meladie, and Eli; sisters, Alice (Arlyn) Hesse of Des Moines, and Lou Fortsch of Sumner; brother, Fritz Heine of Waverly, and sister-in-law, Mildred Clark of Readlyn.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Wayne; sisters, Agnes (Elmer) Hennings, and Arlene Schweer; brothers, Ervin (Norma) Heine, Alfred (Carrie) Heine, and LaVern Heine; brother-in-law Ervin Fortsch; and sister-in-law Connie Heine