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Della Mae Eleanora (Gades) Obermeyer

April 17, 1933 ~ November 13, 2017 (age 84)

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November 16, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home
1415 Hwy 13N
Albert Lea, MN 56007

Funeral Service
November 17, 2017

11:00 AM
United Lutheran Church of Walters
224 W. 3rd St.
Walters, Minnesota 56097

Funeral services for Della Obermeyer, age 84, of Walters, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017 at United Lutheran Church in Walters.  Rev. Don Rose will officiate. Interment will be at United Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at

Della died Monday, November 13, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea.

Della Mae Eleanora (Gades) Obermeyer was born April 17, 1933 in Danvers, Minnesota, the daughter of Paul August Albert and Florence Eleanora (Beyer) Gades.  She grew up in Danvers, and was baptized April 30, 1933 at Fairfield Lutheran Church in Holloway, Minnesota and confirmed June 2, 1946 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hancock, Minnesota. Della graduated from Benson High School in 1951 and Naeve Hospital School of Nursing in 1954. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Naeve Hospital until 1957. On September 2, 1956, Della was united in marriage to Palmer Otto Obermeyer in Hancock.  They resided on the homeplace near Walters, where together they farmed and raised their family.  Della was a member of United Lutheran Church, the Esther Circle, WELCA, where she held various offices, and the Legion Auxiliary in Kiester.  She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, puzzles, reading, embroidery, home canning, and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.  Most of all, she enjoyed time spent with her family. She volunteered with the Red Cross Bloodmobile and taught Sunday School for many years.

Della is survived by her children, Janeen (Eugene) Perry of Grand Island, NE, Dorinda Obermeyer of Fairmont, MN, Jolaine (Timothy) McMahon of Altus, OK, Brenda (Mark Loomer) Blanshan of Albert Lea, Gloria (Michael) Schad of Rochester, MN, and David (Sara) Obermeyer of Walters; grandchildren, Jennifer (Bryan) Russell, Geoffrey (Kristen) Perry, Janet (Tom) Cook, Gregory (Rebecca) Perry, Amanda Taylor, Daniel McMahon, Christopher McMahon, Jessica (Christopher) Toot, Adam Blanshan, Ashley Blanshan, David Schad, Benjamin Schad, Thomas Schad, Clint Schmidt, and Christina Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Shawn Russell, Alyson, Nathan, and Nicole Perry, Sophie and Penelope Larson, Margaret and Cal Cook, Madison, Harper, and Landon Perry, and Sydney Toot.

Della was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Palmer in 1998; sister, Flora Jean; parents-in-law, Henry and Eda Obermeyer; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Martin and Mattie Obermeyer and Esther Obermeyer.

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