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Dolores Roberts was born November 17, 1915, in Lonsdale, Minnesota, to Thomas A. and Sophie (Benzick) Pumper.  She was baptized, confirmed, and attended school at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lonsdale.  In 1933, she graduated from Good Council Academy in Mankato and attended St. Benedict College.  In 1937, she received her Registered Nurse degree from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis.  She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital until 1942, when she enlisted in the US Army Nurses Corp at the beginning of WWII.  She served in England, in North Africa – 26th General Tent Hospital near Algiers, and in Bari, Italy.  Following her honorable discharge in 1944, she returned to Minnesota and made her home in Lonsdale.  In 1947, she began working at the Northfield Hospital, retiring in 1977.  In 1990, Dolores moved to Northfield and has resided at the Northfield Retirement Community since that time.
Dolores was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lonsdale until joining the Church of St. Dominic when she moved to Northfield.  She was active in IC Rosary Society, the Lonsdale American Legion and Legion Auxiliary, the Northfield VFW, and very proud of her accomplishments with the 3R Landmark Historical Society in Lonsdale.  She spent many years volunteering her time with the Northfield Senior Center, Northfield Hospital Auxiliary and the American Red Cross.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Gerlach of Mendota Heights, formerly of Apple Valley; 3 grandchildren: Elizabeth (Mick) Eichten of Maplewood, Paul (Stacy) Gerlach of Flower Mound, Texas, Ann (Jason) Heath of St. Paul; 6 great-grandchildren: Frances and Mathias Eichten, Meghan and Maxwell Gerlach, Samuel and Charlie Heath;  her nephews that she help raise, Tim (Janene) Walsh of Moab, Utah, Tom (Susan) Walsh of Menagha, MN; other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her son Thomas, her son-in-law, William Gerlach, her sister Margaret Walsh, her nephew Michael Walsh and her parents.
Dolores passed away Wednesday morning, December 17, 2014, at Cannon Valley Suites of the Northfield Retirement Community, at the of 99.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM, Saturday, December 20, 2014, at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community with Fr. Dennis Dempsey officiating.  Music will be provided by Abraham Rusch.  Interment with Military Honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Lonsdale.  Visitation will be at the chapel one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.