Delores M. Vanderham

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Delores M. Vanderham

Delores M. Vanderham, 78, of Merrill, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in the Spencer Community Hospital in Spencer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 11, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, with Rev. Sarah Nye officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery, Merrill. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through

Pallbearers were Dan Kolker, Brad Pick, Greg Barnes, Randy Trometer, Terry Barnes and Tom Berkenpas.

Delores Mae Trometer was born Jan. 25, 1931, on the family farm West of Merrill, to Edward and Martha (Schmid) Trometer. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church. She attended Happy Hill School west of Merrill. Delores was united in marriage to Marvin Vanderham on Jan. 10, 1949, in Dakota City, Neb. Delores and Marvin farmed for several years in the Maurice and Ireton, Iowa, area. They later moved to Merrill and Delores worked for Well's Dairy for several years and then went to work for Zenith Corporation in Sioux City for many years.

She enjoyed reading and taking trips. Delores and Marvin always enjoyed visiting with family and friends. In later years, Delores and Marvin enjoyed going out for coffee with friends and socializing with friends at the Civic Center.

Delores was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her two children: Milton Vanderham of Merrill and Monyanne Ecker, both of Spencer; her husband, Al of Spencer; two grandchildren: Tina Hoben and her husband, Ben and their children: Karenna and Addison and Tanya Ecker, all of Spencer; three brothers: Merlin and Dolores Trometer of Merrill, Ivan and Marilyn Trometer of Merrill, and Willard and Gloria Trometer of Sioux City; two sisters: Eileen and Melvin Kolker of Merrill and Karen and Robert Pick of Le Mars; two sisters-in-law: Shirley and Kenneth Jacobsen of Le Mars and Joan Trometer of Sioux City; a brother-in-law, Eldon Barnes of Sioux City; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Martha (Schmid) Trometer; her husband, Marvin on Dec. 11, 2003; three brothers: Milton, Eldon and George Trometer; and a sister, Avon Trometer.