Malvina Dorothy Frances (Lange) Dalbec, age 83, of rural Howard Lake, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
Funeral services will take place Tuesday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with the Rev. Mark Loder officiating. Vocalists will be Bruce Gatz and Marge Stueven. Interment will follow at St. James Lutheran Cemetery.
There will be visitation Monday, April 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday morning at the church, one hour prior to the services.
Casket bearers will be Jason Koch, Joel Koch, Jordan Koch, Roger Roy, Daryl Adickes, Alan Lange, Greg Lange, and Todd Lange.
Honorary casket bearers will be Jennifer Koch, Jacquelyne Seibel, Jillian Koch, Anna Seibel, and Leo Seibel.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
Malvina was born Dec. 29, 1935, near Watertown, on her family’s farm, the daughter of Walter C. and Lydia (Lemmerman) Lange.
She was baptized Jan. 16, 1936, by the Rev. Karl Rudolph. She was instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith April 10, 1949 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown Township, by the Rev. John Spomer.
Malvina graduated from Watertown High School June 3, 1954.
She was joined in holy marriage with Gordon K. Dalbec July 21, 1954, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. Spomer. God blessed their marriage with four children.
She was currently a faithful member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Malvina formerly worked for Dr. Thal, DVM as a vet tech in Watertown, at Red’s Café in Montrose, for Dr. and Mrs. Zierold in Wayzata, Green Giant in Winsted and Glencoe, Casey’s in Winsted, Marketplace in Cokato, and drove school bus for 38 years.
She started driving school bus in Delano for Stahlke Bus Service in 1966, and when they moved to Howard Lake in 1968, Malvina drove school bus for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, retiring from the school district in April of 2004.
After she retired from driving bus, she worked at the Adult Training and Habilitation Center in Winsted, retiring from there in March 2008.
Malvina is survived by her children: Randy Dalbec of Montrose, Janet (James) Koch, and Janell (Jeffrey) Koch, all of Winsted; grandchildren Jennifer Koch of Winsted, Jacquelyne (Andy) Seibel of De Pere, WI, Jason (Katelyn) Koch of Howard Lake, and Jillian Koch, and Joel Koch, both of Winsted; and great-grandchildren Jordan Koch of Winsted, and Anna and Leo Seibel of De Pere, WI.
She is further survived by a brother, Donald (Renee) Lange; and by a sister, Yvonne Lange, both of Watertown; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Beverly Lange of Delano, Jeanne (Rod) Pettit of Sauk Centre, Mary Dalbec of Rockford, Harvey (Pat) Dalbec of Delano, Larry (Sheila) Dalbec of Montrose, Joyce (Denny) Anderson of Delano, Margie Dalbec of St. Bonifacius, and Dareld Schlinz of Maple Plain; and many other relatives and friends.
Malvina was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon K. Dalbec, April 27, 2008; infant daughter Linda Lou Dalbec Sept. 22, 1954; her parents, Walter C. and Lydia (Lemmerman) Lange; her parents-in-law, Henry “Hank” and Ida Dalbec; sisters and brothers Dolores (Art) Adickes, Vera (Leo) Roy, Clifford Lange, Erhard Lange, and Melvin (Arlene) Lange; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Kenneth (Pat) Dalbec, LeRoy Dalbec, Bobby Dalbec, and Judy Schlinz.