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Dalpe (AP)
Stella K. Dalpe

Posted on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Sept. 17, 1922 - Jan. 28, 2013

ELKHART — Stella K. Dalpe, 90, of Elkhart, passed away at 7:52 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital.

She was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Chisholm, Minn., to John and Elina (Matson) Kuusisto.

On April 26, 1947, in Washington, D.C., she married Rene A. “Ray” Dalpe. He preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 2013, in Wakarusa.

Surviving are two daughters, Cynthia (Nelson) Coble of Elkhart and Carol Dalpe of Brush, Colo.; and three grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon and Leanna.

She was preceded in death by an infant sister and a son-in-law, Dwayne Melvin.

Stella graduated from Chisholm High School in Minnesota and Hibbing (Minn.) Junior College. She was a member of Northside Church of the Nazarene, a former member of the YM-YWCA and was a past volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels and the YWCA Senior Center. She also was a member of the Women’s Auxillary at Elkhart General Hospital.

Stella was employed as a secretary for the Naval Aeronautics Civil Service in Washington, D.C., from 1941 to 1949. She also worked for Sears & Roebuck & Co. in Chicago and Western Union in The Elkhart Truth building. She was a secretary in Elkhart for several years, including 20 years with the Kellmark Corporation.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home and from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Northside Church of the Nazarene. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the church. Pastor Tim Sheets will preside and cremation will follow. Burial will be at a later date in Prairie Street Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Northside Church of the Nazarene or the charity of the donor’s choice.