1931 -2016

Delores Estelle Gronewald, 85, of Pekin, passed away at 12:22 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Born Feb. 3, 1931, in Beason to Rudolph and Cleo Dickman Flentje. She married Dwain E. Gronewald Aug. 1, 1953, in Taylorville. He died Aug. 31, 2003, in Peoria.

Also preceding her in death were one son, Daniel; her parents and one brother.

Surviving are one son, H. Franklin Gronewald of Manito; one daughter, Wanda Gronewald of Pekin; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Norman (Dorothy) Flentje of Thayer; and one sister, Joyce (Jim) Wilcox of Pana.

Delores had worked 27 years for Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Peoria until its closing. She then delivered newspapers for the Pekin Daily Times for 12 years.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who was devoted to her family. She loved reading and doing word search puzzle books.

There will be no service or visitation. Cremation will be accorded with burial of cremated remains at a later date in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4234 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.

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