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In Memory of Delores Welling

November 29, 2012

Delores Claudia Welling, the daughter of Joseph and Clementine Wimmer Benkowski, was born on October 4, 1941 in Ortonville, MN. She grew up in Ortonville where she attended school, graduating in 1959. Delores was united in marriage to Donald Welling on September 24, 1960 at St. Johnís Catholic Church in Ortonville, MN. After their marriage they lived in Ortonville until 1971 when they moved to Fulda, MN, where they started Fulda Electric. Delores attended Minnesota West in Worthington and received her LPN Degree in 1980. She worked for many years as a LPN at Lake Haven in Worthington. She also spent time at home helping with her grandkids. Together they owned and operated Fulda Electric for many years and eventually passed the business down to their children. Delores remained at home after Don passed away in May of 2007. Delores entered the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in June of 2012 and passed away there on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at the age of 71. She was a member of St. Gabrielís Catholic Church. Delores also belonged to the Fulda Pink Ladies and the Fulda VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting and quilting. Delores was also an avid Vikings fan.

Survivors include her seven children and their spouses, Patricia Loosbrock and special friend, Brian Burkhart of Dell Rapids, SD, Kathleen (Jody) Steiner of Fulda, MN, Brian (Donna) Welling of Sioux Falls, SD, Brenda (James) Hansen of Truman, MN, David Welling of Fulda, MN, Susan Goertz and special friend, Kory Kriech of Brandon, SD and Donald Welling Jr. and fiancťe, Laura Gretillat of Fulda, MN; 25 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Bear of Ortonville, MN and two brothers, Lawrence (Elenor) Benkowski of Ortonville, MN and Edward (Linda) Benkowski of New Hope, MN. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Stanley Benkowski.

Funeral Services were held at St. Gabrielís Catholic Church Fulda, MN at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 with the Fr. Andrew Vogel celebrating. The organist was Mary Ann Boom. The song leader was Sheila Crowley. The pallbearers were her grandchildren Sarah Banks, Jason and Andy Loosbrock, Jordan, Shelby, Siera and Tristan Steiner, Jackie Talbert, Jamie Steinmetz, Adam and Jeremy Welling, Kamra Christie, Jeremy, Joshua, Jamie, Bryce and Zachary Hansen, Hailey and Madison Goertz and Dylan, Caden, Austin, Levi, Harlie and Devon Welling. Interment at St. Gabrielís Cemetery Fulda, MN.

The Totzke Funeral Home in Fulda assisted the family with arrangements. Sign guestbook online at

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