Delores (Kaufmann) Bleifuss (nee Stelse)

Sept. 16, 1928 - Jan. 5, 2007

Delores (Kaufmann) Bleifuss (nee Stelse) of Oconomowoc, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. Delores was born Sept. 16, 1928, in Lake Mills.

She was united in marriage to Eugene Kaufmann on Sept. 25, 1948; he preceded her in death Oct. 8, 1964.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 32 years, LaVerne Bleifuss, who cared for her at home during the last several years; her children, Jeanine (Jim) Anagnostopoulos of Westfield, Ga., (Bruce) LeMoine of Watertown, Gary (April) Kaufmann of Oconomowoc, Gayle Struble of Watertown, Karen (Steve) Toman of Oconomowoc and Lori Hirt of Oconomowoc; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sue (Hank) Zane of Marinette and Sharon (Don Jr.) Herlitz of Madison; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth Stelse, Lester Stelse and Gary Stelse.

Delores suffered from a cruel and painful condition called hidradenitis.

She was a devoted wife and a wonderful and loving mother, always putting everyone’s needs before her own. She was an angel on Earth and is now one of God’s angels. She was a wonderful cook and everyone could always count on a treat when they walked through her door. She loved to dance to a good polka and played a good polka on her accordion. She also found a comfort and joy in her little dog, Douie. Delores worked for Oconomowoc Lutheran Homes (Knollward) for 32 years, and even played the accordion for the residents on special occasions. She was a member of Dr. Martin Luther Church, the Oconomowoc Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Summit Fire Department Auxiliary.

A special thank you to the nurses and nurses’ aides from ProHealth Care.

Memorials are suggested to Dr. Martin Luther Church, hidradenitis research or the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 E. Summit Ave., (Highway 67), Oconomowoc. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Dr. Martin Luther Church, 325 S. Main St., Oconomowoc.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.