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Della Stiyer

Feb. 20, 1923-Nov. 30, 2007

Della R. Stiyer, 84, of Ogema, died Friday, November 30, 2007 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Della Rachel Yoder was born to Jacob and Nettie (Forner) Yoder on Feb. 20, 1923 in Ladysmith, Wis. At age six, she moved with her family to Wheaton, Minn., and then to Sugar Bush Township, rural Ogema in 1946. She attended teacher training and taught in a rural Wheaton school for a year prior to marrying Louis "Lee" Stiyer. The wedding took place on Dec. 24, 1943 in Wheaton. They operated a farm in Sugar Bush Township their entire married life. Lee died in 2000.

Della was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and served as the church secretary-treasurer for many years. She taught Sunday school, Bible school and release time classes, and was a member of the Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church sewing circle and the Mary Martha Society at Immanuel Lutheran. She enjoyed time with her grand and great grandchildren, her sewing, embroidering, gardening, flowers, writing poetry, nature walks, Cryptoquip puzzles and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Surviving Della are her sons, Archie (Rebel) Stiyer of Callaway and Kent (Cathy Willett) Stiyer of Ogema; daughters, Carolyn (Gary) Heitkamp of Rochert, Rita (Craig) Bartelson of Sidney, Mont., and Diane (Larry) Rumery of Ogema; 18 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Della was preceded in death by two sons, John and David; two sisters, Ellen Jenkins (Della's twin) and Nettie Pederson; as well as four brothers, John, Marvin, Harold "Dick" and James Yoder.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at immanuel Lutheran Church in Callaway; there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Callaway, with the Rev. Del Stohs officiating. Interment is in Lakeside Cemetery, Richwood.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been serving the family.