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Delores Dornbusch

Delores Dornbusch

Funeral services were held for Delores Dornbusch, age 87 of Perham, Minnesota on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Corliss Township, rural Perham, Minnesota with Pastor Jared Nies officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Karen Meyer. The pallbearers were Delores' sons: Duane, Donald, Daniel, Randy, Gary and Jaymey. The honorary pallbearers were all of her grandchildren. Delores was laid to rest in Spruce Grove Union Cemetery, rural Menahga, Minnesota. Delores Esther Rapatt was born on November 19, 1930 at home in Corliss Township, rural Perham. Her parents were the late Emil and Hulda (Mischke) Rapatt. Delores graduated from District #225 Country School in Corliss Township. In her youth, she taught herself to play piano and guitar and loved music and dancing. Delores completed a correspondence art school through Washington School of Art and also loved working with wood and stone. As a young adult she painted murals in homes and worked as a mother's helper for several families. Delores enjoyed the farm life, assisting in building barns, silos and working the horse teams along with hunting, trapping and fishing. She enjoyed church services, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School and had an incredible recall of people and events. On August 28, 1955 Delores was united in marriage to Raymond Mervin Dornbusch at St. John's Lutheran Church in Corliss Township. Their marriage was blessed with eleven children. Delores and Raymond raised their family and operated a dairy farm their entire life in Corliss Township with Raymond's brother, Robert. Raising her family, Mom was a creative cook, baker and always had a great after school snack. She enjoyed the outdoors as she had a green thumb and loved her garden, flowers and hatching poultry. Mom very much-loved people and delighted in their own uniqueness and she commonly defended the undefendable. Delores loved drawing, painting, gardening and treasured every one of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Delores enjoyed listening to the radio and TV worship. Billy Graham was her all-time favorite. She was a witness of God's love to her family and instilled in her children a strong faith. Raymond passed away on December 19, 2014. On May 4, 2018 Delores passed away peacefully at her daughter, Maryann's home in Vergas, Minnesota, at 87 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Delores in death were her parents; a stillborn son; grandson, Levi Dornbusch; sister, Viola (Kenneth) Hendrickson; brother, Willmar Rapatt; brothers-in-law: Harry (Blanche), Vernon, Roy (Betty), Elmer, Robert, Loren (Carol); sisters-in-law, Doris (Melvin) Ruther, Betty Dornbusch and June Dornbusch. Delores is survived by her children: Lillian (Arlin) Ziemann of Bend, Oregon; Rosalie (Jerome) Dalman of Vergas; Duane (Lynette) Dornbusch of Fergus Falls; Maryann (Cory) Mingo of Vergas; Donald (Sheri) Dornbusch of Perham; Daniel Dornbusch of Audubon; Randall (Wendy) Dornbusch of Perham; Gary (Connie Weissner) Dornbusch of Perham; Beverly (Brad) Boutiette of Perham; Jaymey (Corrie) Dornbusch of Fergus Falls; Braydee (Hunter) Briard of Detroit Lakes; special daughter, Karen Dornbusch Wahl of Blaine; 31 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Donna (Arnold) Knickrehm of Perham; brother-in-law, Lavern Dornbusch of Perham; many other relatives and a host of friends. Please visit to leave a message of love and support for Delores' family. Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral & Cremation Service, New York Mills, Minnesota.