Delores "De" Hatch, age 92, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospice in Yankton.
Memorial services are 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Inurnment will be at the Wakonda Union Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, July 11, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, and a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM.
DeLores Evelyn Hatch was born June 11, 1925 in Dalesburg, South Dakota to Harold and Svea (Johnson) Swanson. After graduating from Wakonda High School in 1943, De moved to California and worked in a military factory as a "Rosie the Riveter." Thanks to her typing skills, she was quickly promoted to secretarial work in the office. De married her high school sweetheart, Warren Hatch, on March 3, 1945 while Warren was still in the Navy in Southern California. After World War II, they moved to Wakonda and joined Warren's family in the furniture business. They moved to Minnesota and lived there for 10 years to seek medical treatment for their youngest daughter, Connie. Sadly, Connie died in 1965; their other daughter Karen, died less than 10 months later. In 1965 they rejoined the family business, and opened the Yankton location of Hatch Furniture in 1969. This, along with her faith in a loving God, were her salvation. Warren and De were named Furniture Dealer of the Year by North Central Reps Association in 1981. In their retirement years, Warren and De enjoyed traveling and spending the winters in Arizona. The highlight of De's travel was their trip to Sweden to see her mother's birthplace, as well as the church where she was baptized. De had a passion for playing bridge, cribbage, and doing the daily crossword puzzle. She was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and had even attended services on the Sunday before she passed.
Thankful for having shared her life are her four grandchildren, Jonathan Hatch (Melissa Cuka) of Yankton, Justin Becker of Sioux Falls, Carissa (Shaun) Finn of Chicago, IL and Paul Becker of New York; seven great grandchildren: Ashley Hatch, Alexandra Hatch, Abigail Cuka, Alexander Cuka, Adilyn Becker, Hudson Finn and Sheane Finn; daughter-in-law, Sheane Hatch; and two sisters, Lorraine Huth of Wakonda and Lee Ann Babb of Chester, SD.
De was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Warren Hatch on January 28, 2015; son, Ronald Hatch on March 1, 2016; two teenage daughters, Karen and Connie Hatch; grandson, Alexander Hatch; sister, Geraldine Huth; brother, Vern Swanson.
The family would prefer memorials to be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
I was so sad to hear about my beloved friend that I cleaned for always in good spirits always had a smile on her face. Always had great things to say about her beloved family. I am so sorry that she went so quickly she always will be in my prayers. My sympathy goes out to her family.
Jonathan and Family
Your grandma was such a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed by our family! At every family reunion she would ask Dan for his opinion about some physical ailment. Just a fond memory for us. Love to all of you, Dan and Sandy
I knew DeLores for many years during my working years in Yankton. She was a woman's woman, kind, generous, gracious, and a friend to all. She offered meaning of life to others and approached her meaning of life with gusto and purpose. I understand how she will be missed. Our thought and prayers are with you.
Dennie and Jeanette Stark
Send your Sympathy Message