Dolores Nystrom of Kimball died Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins. She was 89.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 1, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. James Statz as Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. A time of sharing will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Dolores J. Kunkel was born Aug. 8, 1929, on a farm near Pearl Lake to Leo Killian and Katherine Ann (Resch) Kunkel. Dolores would often make it known that she “was the ninth of 12 children following twins,” which led to some humorous memories. As a young adult, Dolores enjoyed children and was able to fulfill this joy by nannying. She also helped on her parents’ farm and was the caretaker of many family pets. Being in a large family, she was a natural caretaker of others. After numerous moves during the Depression, her family eventually settled in Kimball where she completed high school and met the love of her life, Manley Nystrom. They were married June 22, 1949, at the Church of St. Anne in Kimball. They found themselves staying in Kimball where Dolores followed her family’s footsteps andeventually they were able to purchase property and start a farm. “The Farm,” as it continues to be referred to fondly, has remained in the Nystrom family. Dolores was always proud of hard work, and took pride in taking care of her family, garden, and home. She would spend summer days canning products from her garden, and preserving the harvest for the winter. Her children remember the smells of her cooking, the sight of her latest quilting project, and her tireless work. Dolores is the mother of seven children: Betty Ann, Donald, Larry, Joan, Patty, Kristie, and Chuck. Her children gifted Dolores with 28 grandchildren, all of whom have a special place in her heart. Dolores always had room in her home for anyone. Dolores would have “ice cream time” each day after school for the grandkids, and some of the fondest memories were of times gathered together at Grandma Nystrom’s house after school. As her grandchildren grew (in size, and number), they always knew where to find treats at Grandma’s house; she always had a box of cookies, a jar of mixed nuts, and other treats to share. Her family spent every Sunday morning together in her home for “coffee time” before or after church. This time is remembered by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as the time for conversation, celebration, food, and puzzles. Dolores always had a jigsaw puzzle on her table for family to join in making. The only thing more important than family was her faith. Remaining a parishioner of St. Anne’s parish throughout her life, Dolores enjoyed gathering at the church with friends at Senior Dining. She will be missed by many, especially her family whom she held so close to her heart.
Dolores was preceded in death by her husband Manley, sons Donald Nystrom and Larry Nystrom, eight of her siblings, and other dear family members.
She is survived by her children Betty Ann (and Bruce Mancini) Nystrom, Joan (and Jeff Johnson) Nystrom, Patty (and Terry) Nelson, Kristie (and Jim) Orn, and Chuck (and Vickie Fosjord) Nystrom, all of Kimball; daughter-in-law Brenda (and Greg) Mass of Kimball; 28 grandchildren and their spouses; 32 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren; siblings Sr. Francetta Kunkel of Techney, Ill., Bernard Kunkel of Mapleton, Minn., and Sr. Rita Kunkel of St. Joseph, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Jordan Mancini, Mitchell Nystrom, Jacob Nystrom, Aaron Schmidt, Ashley Nelson, Joshua Orn, Phillip Schenecker will serve as pallbearers. Stacy Mancini and Jarett Edwards will provide music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Kimball.