July 11, 2019

Start Time:

10:00 a.m.


St. Pius X Catholic Church


3663 66th St. Urbandale, IA

Arrangements By:

Merle Hay Funeral Home

Delores Nelle Kolnes

Delores Nelle Kolnes, 82 passed away on June 30th 2019 at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Center in Urbandale, Iowa.

Delores was born March 14th, 1937 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Fort Dodge. After high school she was a nurses aide. She met the love of her life, Elmer Kolnes, at a dance in Fort Dodge and they married November 12th 1955. They moved to Urbandale in 1956, Elmer and Delores have three children, Elmer Edward, Barb and Debbie.

Delores enjoyed being a homemaker. She especially enjoyed family gatherings, spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, coffee with friends, playing cards, attending school and sport activities of her children and grandchildren, cooking, crocheting, listening to piano music, music boxes,  Kenny G and Elvis Presley, preferred John Wayne movies the most no matter how many times she had seen them, an avid soap opera person with her favorite being “As The World Turns”, Christmas was her favorite holiday, she loved dogs, to laugh and joke around and to enjoy life in general. Delores enjoyed volunteering at St. Pius X Catholic Church and was a longtime member since 1956.

Delores is survived by her loving husband Elmer Kolnes of Urbandale, her son Elmer Edward (Kayla) Kolnes of Spring Hill, Iowa and their children David (Kim) Kolnes and their children Sara & Joshua, Steven (Sarah) Kolnes and their children Tyler, Ava & Samantha, Jessica (Dan) Beerends and their children Mason, Eleanor & Owen, Amy (Eric) Rozendaal and their children William, Aaron & Ethan. Her daughter Barb (Ray) Hansen of Blue Eye, Missouri and her children Lisa (Kyle) Tolin and their children Macy & Luke, Mike (Melody) Hansen and their children Drew, Ryan & Skylar.  And daughter Debbie (Brad) Peters of Ft. Collins, Colorado and their child Ane’ (Garrett) Fred and their child Benjamin. Her sister Rose’ Carlson of West Liberty, Iowa along with many nieces and nephews,

Delores is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Bernice Sorensen and two sisters Betsy Conoy and Jeri Crimmins.

The family of Delores Kolnes would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Care Center in Urbandale and all their staff for the loving care and compassion with Delores.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to The Iowa Alzheimer’s Association or the Disabled American Veterans.

The funeral services will be held Thursday, July 11th at 10 a.m. at St Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, Iowa.


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