Obit: Justman, Delores M. (1922 - 2013)


Surnames: Justman, Raether, Habeck, Siikarla, DeVerneuil, Watton

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) 24 Sep 2013

Justman, Delores M. (29 MAR 1922 - 21 SEP 2013)

Delores M. Justman, age 91, of Spencer, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Golden Living Center-Continental Manor in Abbotsford with family at her bedside.

A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity. The Rev. Al Houts will officiate. Burial will follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Brighton. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4PM until 8PM at Life Tributes Funeral Home in Spencer and on Thursday at the church in Unity from 10AM until time of services.

Delores was born March 29, 1922 in the town of Brighton, Marathon County, the daughter of the late Oscar and Clara (Raether) Habeck. She attended a small country school in the town of Brighton later returning to help out on her parent's farm. Delores married Merlin Justman at St. John's Lutheran Church, Town of Brighton, on March 30, 1940. Sadly, he passed away September 25, 1991. She was a dedicated wife and mother and along with her husband Merlin raised three children and operated a dairy farm. Those who knew the family were quoted in saying" Delores raised a good family".

She was very involved with local organizations' including her membership to Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity, Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid, Clark County Extension Homemakers, Clark County Historical Society, the Colby/Abbotsford Business Professional Woman, the Spencer Senior Citizens Group and the Maplewood Badgers 4H Club which she co-founded. Not only was Delores part of these groups, she held offices in most all of them. One of her cherished accomplishments was being selected as Farm Wife of The Year in 1978.

Hobbies included writing letters, creating beautiful placemats and note cards and in later years she was an avid shutterbug with her cameras.

Survivors include her children: Alan (Nancy) Justman of Rockford, IL, Kathie Siikarla of Eagle River, AK and Steve (Barbara) Justman of Unity; six grandchildren: Ann (David) DeVerneuil of Loves Park, IL, Beth (Dan) Watton of Caledenia, IL, Craig Justman of Tempe, AZ, Brett (Renee) Siikarla of Cato, Angela Justman of Green Bay and Scott Justman of Appleton; three great grandchildren: Zachary and Elizabeth Siikarla and Olivia Watton and one brother John Habeck of Blanchard, ID along with many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Merlin, one son Dennis in 1941 and one grandson Quinn in 2009 and nine brothers and sisters.

Those wishing to provide a gift of remembrance in Delores's memory are encouraged to do so to either Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity or Clark County Historical Society.

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