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Hollandale Christian Reformed Church
Thursday March 1st, 2018
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Friday March 2nd, 2018

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Gwendolyn Joan Delger

Funeral services for Gwendolyn Joan Delger, age 82, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at St. Theodore Catholic Church.  Father Kurt Farrell will officiate. Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Gwen died Friday, February 23, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona.

Gwendolyn J. Delger was born October 10, 1935 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the daughter of Glen and Della (Drost) Gunderson.  At the age of 12, she moved to Idaho.  In 1953, she graduated as valedictorian from Coeur D’Alene High School in Plummer, Idaho.  After graduation she moved back to South Dakota to attend college in Madison.  In 1954, she married Raymond Rayman in Salem, SD.  They moved to Albert Lea in 1965.  The couple later divorced.  On November 9, 1985, Gwen married James Delger at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea.

Gwen worked at Wilson’s Foods for many years before returning to college to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling from Mankato State University. At that point in her career she returned to work at Wilson’s Foods as the coordinator of the employee assistance program until the plant’s closing.  Gwen then worked at Fountain Centers for 21 years as a chemical dependency counselor, coordinating the older adult program for 18 of those 21 years. While at Fountain Centers, Gwen earned her Master’s degree in Gerontology Studies from Mankato State. She retired from Fountain Centers in 2014. Gwen was an active member of St. Theodore’s.  She had a passion for learning and a love for all aspects of education.  Her number one love was her family.

Gwen is survived by her children, Cheryl (Paul) Skatter of Albert Lea, Susan Myers of Big Fork, MN, Cindy (Bob) Solomonson of Mesa, AZ, Sara (Greg) Higgins of Owatonna, MN, David (Rio) Rayman of Tempe, AZ, and Amy (Mohammad) Belal of Rochester, MN, Randy Delger of Freeborn, MN, and Roxie (Steve) Poliak of River Falls, WI; 23 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; brothers, Glen ‘Corky’ (Mollie) Gunderson of Otis Orchards, WA and Allan (Cathy) Gunderson of Spokane, WA; and sister, D’Ette Beck of Canova, SD.

Gwen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Delger; son, Ray, in infancy; grandson, Micah Myers; daughter-in-law, Nancy Delger; and brother-in-law, Frank Beck.

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Gwen was our sunshine during our two years of aftercare! Her career speaks for itself! Will miss her! Larry and Judy

Larry Smith Mar 3 2018 12:00 AM

What an amazing Lady! Her caring heart was a joy to share on the few cousin visits I was privileged to be part of. Concern for those she worked with and such understanding about the needs of people around her was always evident. Such class. Such determination to serve. God bless you all with peace as you share your memories together.

Roger & Evelyn Beck (cousin) Mar 2 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gwendolyn Delger

Debbie Christensen Mar 1 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gwendolyn Delger

Amy Stoneback Mar 1 2018 12:00 AM


Thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain. With deepest sympathy, Scott & Denise Wilson and everyone from your Valley Ace Hardware family.

Expression of Sympathy Mar 1 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gwendolyn Delger

Kristy Johnson Feb 28 2018 12:00 AM


God bless you Susan and your entire family. Your mom was a special lady with a heart of gold that she shared with all of you and all around her. Sending my hugs and prayers as you celebrate her life. Love, Pam Francisco

Expression of Sympathy Feb 28 2018 12:00 AM

I just learned of Gwens passing. It makes my heart sad. I worked with her at fountain centers. She was a mentor, a dear friend. She not only helped me become a better counselor but she helped me become a better person. I loved her wisdom, humor and especially her laugh.
So sorry for the family. My sympathies for your loss. God bless.

Vicky Malfero Feb 28 2018 12:00 AM

A MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent on February 27, 2018

Losing a Mom is never easy & she will be missed by all who knew her but especially by those who loved her. She & you all are in our thoughts & prayers, Allan & Cathy

Expression of Sympathy Feb 27 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Gwen's passing; she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Our prayer is that God will comfort your hearts and that the memories of Gwen will become even more precious.
Ellis and Evelyn Dugger (cousins)

Ellis and Evelyn Dugger Feb 27 2018 12:00 AM

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