Delores Joy Himle, 82

Published 11:03 am Monday, November 23, 2015

Delores Joy (Hewlett) Himle was born Dec. 6, 1932, in the depth of the Great Depression of 1929, joining two older siblings, Dale Murray and Keith Murray Hewlett. She was born at home as was common at the time on the farms around Rolfe, Iowa, in Pocahontas County to Theodore Earnest and Leila Chrystel (Murray) Hewlett. She passed away at home at the age of 82 on Nov. 21, 2015.



Delores loved her earth, knowing as her father had said, everything comes from the earth and it sustained her life well. She really loved her rural life and all its beauty, having lived near Hayfield, Minnesota, longer than Iowa. She gained her education from St. Olaf College and used that for teaching 39 years of middle/junior high schools in Caledonia and Albert Lea, retiring in 1994. Lyle and she had 52 joyful years together while they lived in Austin, moving rural in 2003, to their farm. Lyle preceded her in death in 2009.

Delores was on the Austin Public School Boards, Austin City Council, Riverland Tech Board of Austin, Owatonna, and Faribault, and the Austin Library Board. The obituary is short as she never cared for lots of accolades —the world will know her most from celebration of the God-given voice she was so blessed.

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In addition to her brothers: Dale (Shirley) Hewlett, Palm Desert, California, Keith (Arlene) Hewlett, Rochester, Minnesota; several nieces and nephews survive; as does her special friend, Arthur Schammel, and his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to West St. Olaf Cemetery Fund or Austin Our Saviors Lutheran Church Building Fund. Blessed be her memory.

The funeral service for Delores Joy Himle will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 70640  260th Ave. Hayfield, Minnesota, with the Rev. Cheryl Indehar officiating. Interment will be in West St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 2nd St. NW in Hayfield, Minnesota. Condolences can be left at