Delores Tillie Soendker was born on March 19, 1932, in Wellington, MO, to Ervin and Tillie Kohlstaedt Soendker. She went to her eternal home on January 2, 2018.
Delores was the Secretary of her Senior class, and graduated from Wellington High School in 1950. Delores later moved to Kansas City, MO, and was employed by Peck’s Department Store from 1951 – 1963. She married B. Byron Delaney in 1963, and they made their home in Kansas City until moving to Lawrence, KS in 2012. Since 2012, Delores had been a resident of The Windsor of Lawrence. Delores was baptized and confirmed at the St. Luke’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Wellington, and was member of Linwood United Church in Kansas City, MO, after moving to Kansas City.
Delores is remembered as a very loving, caring, and devoted wife, sister, and aunt. As the “big sister”, she helped the younger siblings get ready for school. She is remembered fondly as quoting “beauty before comfort” while combing her sister’s hair, and played paper dolls and house with her siblings and cousins. She enjoyed corresponding with family and sent cards and letters. To the delight of nieces and nephews, some birthday cards included money for a treat such as pop or a candy bar. Many Christmas family gatherings were held at the Delaney home.
Delores’ parents, husband Byron, and sister Shirley have proceeded her in death. Survivors include sisters Carol Carr, Lawrence, KS; Fern Thomann, Independence, MO; and brother Arlen Soendker and his wife Jane, Wellington, MO. Several nieces and nephews survive including Gayla, Linda, Mark, Craig, Brent and Lori.
Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, January 6, at the Wellington-Napoleon Funeral Home in Wellington, MO. The family will greet friends at 12:30 PM prior to the service. Burial will follow the service in the St. Luke’s Evangelical Free Church Cemetery in Wellington.
Memorial contributions in Delores’ name may be made to the Linwood United Church in Kansas City for use in the church’s music program.