Delores K. Kalina, 82
Delores “Dorsey” (Rajdl) Kalina was born on January 28, 1927, on a farm in Lake Mary Township, the daughter of Frank and Lillian (Zavadil) Rajdl. At the loss of her mother at the age of two Dorsey went to live with her relatives. She attended
eight years of country school District #19 in Lake Mary Township and helped on the farm. Dorsey was united in marriage to John W. Kalina on October 29, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church because of the rebuilding of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church after a fire. Three children were born to this union: Diane, Debra and David. They lived on John’s family farm until 1950 when Dorsey and John purchased the Frank Benesh dairy farm. Dorsey was a homemaker and helped out on the farm milking cows, doing chores and bringing out wonderful lunches to the field hands. Dorsey and John purchased an Alexandria
Tech School house and moved it to the north side of his farm in 1984.
Dorsey was the “energizer bunny” of the family. She helped raise a nephew, took care of her father-in-law, father and stepmother, brother, and babysat her grandchildren. She was always busy cooking, baking kolaches, helping on the farm and doing yard work. Falling leaves messing up her clean yard drove her nuts! She grew beautiful flower gardens, always decorated for the holidays and enjoyed sewing. She was a member of the Lowry American Legion Auxiliary Post# 253 and the Heartland Polka Club. She was a breast cancer survivor since 1976; she survived her most recent diagnosis of multiple myloma by 12 years. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
Delores Karlyn Kalina died on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at the Douglas County Hospital at the age of 82 years old.
She is survived by her husband, John W. Kalina of Alexandria; daughters, Diane (Donovan) Trousil of Alexandria and Debra Tvrdik of Alexandria; son, David (Valerie) Kalina of Alexandria; grandchildren, Corey Trousil of Alexandria, LeeAnn Hymore of Alexandria, Katie Tvrdik of Alexandria, Adam Tvrdik of Alexandria, Charity Kalina of Blaine, Chad Kalina of Alexandria and Chris Kalina of Alexandria; great-grandchildren, Lexie and Sarah Trousil, both of Alexandria; sister, Betty (Ed) Bearse of Anoka; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Herman, Leon and Kenneth Rajdl; sisters, Kathleen Rajdl and Lavone Zastrow; and stepmother, Lena Rajdl.
A funeral mass was held on Saturday, November 14, 2009, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lake Reno Township with Father Roger Thoennes officiating. Ann Zavadil was the organist and Cassie Wiesner was the soloist. Interment was in the church cemetery. Casket Bearers were Corey Trousil, LeeAnn Hymore, Chad Kalina, Chris Kalina, Charity Kalina, Adam Tvrdik and Katie Tvrdik. Honorary Casket Bearers were Eugene Thomas, Dennis Rajdl and Linda Kolodziej.
Arrangements were with Anderson Funeral Home of Alexandria, www.andersonfuneral.net.