Dolores I. Colson, 91, of Oakland died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Oakland Heights Nursing Home.
Dolores was born March 4, 1922, in Bancroft to Gottlieb and Leona (Krueger) Buchholz. She graduated from Bancroft High School in 1940. After graduation, she lived in Omaha and worked as a private maid and a hospital kitchen supervisor. By 1944, she was working in Oakland at a grocery store.
On Sept. 8, 1946, Dolores married Eugene E. Colson in Oakland, and began married life on the Colson farm north of Oakland. During their 35 years on the farm, Dolores and Gene raised three children. Dolores also worked for many years in Oakland at Al Backstrom’s grocery and at Al’s Super Saver. Dolores and Gene moved into Oakland in 1981.
Dolores was an active and member of First Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school and Bible school, participated in LCW and Dorcas, and volunteered for many other activities over the years, including helping assemble the monthly Spire newsletter.
Dolores was a member of the Oakland Hospital Auxiliary and served as the historian for several years. She was a longtime member of “The Busy Twelve” club.
Survivors include: a brother, Gordon of Columbus; a daughter, Pam Kieckhafer (and husband, Marv) of Council Bluffs, Iowa; son, Tim Colson (and wife, Donna) of West Point; son-in-law, Burdette Greeny II of Port Angeles, Wash.; four grandchildren; a granddaughter-in-law; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Eugene, and a daughter.
The memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland with the Rev. Mark Eldal officiating. A memorial gathering with the family receiving friends will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Pelan Funeral Home in Oakland. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Oakland Public Library and the Cardiac Department at Oakland Mercy Hospital.