MENDOTA -Delphine C. Dalton, 87, of Mendota passed away May 4, 2019 at Heritage Health, Mendota.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 9 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota with Rev. Susan Presley officiating. Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.
Delphine was born Nov. 15, 1931 in Mendota to Paul and Elda (Stamberger) Bauer. She married Robert Dalton on May 29, 1954 in Fontanelle, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1997.
Survivors include one son, Dennis Dalton of Greenville, Texas; one daughter, Christie Dalton of Rockton; two grandsons, Joseph Dalton and Cruz Marquis; one granddaughter, Janelle; three-great grandsons, Caden Dalton, Kenneth Dalton and Emmett Dalton; two great-granddaughters, Valenzyia and Ameris and her special friend, Pat Rich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a granddaughter, Ashley Ford.
Delphine graduated with high honors from LaMoille High School and was the DAR recipient. She served as sectional president of the Future Homemakers of America. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed, and served on the altar guild and as secretary of the church council. She also served as a greeter, reader and usher for many years. In 1993, she was elected Mendota Township Supervisor and served in that position until she became ill. She was a member of the Township Officials of Illinois and past member of Business and Professional Women. Prior to her marriage, she was employed at H.D. Hume Co. In 1962, she began working for LaSalle News Tribune, first as a correspondent and later as bureau chief of the Mendota News Tribune office. She retired in 1992. She and her late husband were among the founding committee of the Mendota Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. She and Mrs. Gerald Walter and Mrs. Bruce Beattie founded, owned and operated Heartland Treasure’s antique mart. Among her favorite hobbies were attending auctions, flea markets and collecting antiques while on family vacations. She particularly enjoyed traveling to Arizona and New Mexico.
Memorials may be directed to Mendota Area Senior Services.