Della M. Hyland

Della M. Hyland, 79, of Dellwood, formally of Delafield and a lifelong Wisconsin resident, finally lost the battle with cancer bravely fought for 10 years.

A true people person, she loved meeting people and everyone loved her.

She loved working in the yard and had a complex rock garden admired by passersby. A bigger Packers fan you will not find. She loved baseball of all levels and an avid golfer, bowler on many leagues. Fishing was a favorite pastime as well as a good card game shared between friends.

She was a proud member of the Red Hatters club, a past president of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, a volunteer for the hospice Touch of Tomah, as well as a den mother for the Boy Scouts. She held many a job and ran a tavern in the Town of Summit called Grandma Della’s. It was hard to keep up with her and only a serious illness could slow her down.

Her children, but especially her grandchildren, were the light in her eyes and the great-grandchildren kept the light glowing brightly. Della was also employed at the old Family Chef for many years.

Della is survived by four sons, John Dittberner, James Dittberner (Joann), Jeff Dittberner and Jerome Dittberner; grandchildren, Jessica (Matt) Murphy, Danielle (Jamie) Fidler, Tabitha (Chad) Radloff and Lucas Ward (Caitlin Brogan); greatgrandchildren, Hunter Murphy, Bailey and Madison Fidler, and Alex and Benjamin Radloff; daughter- in-law, Debra Wallis; and a stepdaughter, Debra (Todd) Faubel (fishing buds Jesse and Shawn). She also is survived by one brother, Earl Winker (Karen), and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and close family friends way too many to mention.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lillian Forstyh (104); sister, Anita Weustoff; two brothers, Archie Winker and Lyle Winker; and her father, Earl Winker Sr.

A celebration of life will be held April 27 at the Delafield American Legion Hall from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make a monetary donation to any of the following charities in the name of Della Hyland: the Veterans of Foreign Wars or like organization; Wounded Warriors; any local humane society; or any local hospice or cancer clinic that can use handknit garments. Volunteering for hospice aide work would also put a smile on Della’s face as well as others.

A special thank you from the family to Sally and Bob Young, Linda Loring and the “angels” of One Touch Hospice of Tomah, whose help, compassion and understanding made Della’s last moments a lot more comfortable.