Delores Twila Goering, 86, died on August 18, 2022, at Paramount Community Living in Newton, Kansas, after a family weekend with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She was born on October 25, 1935, in Goessel, Kansas, the daughter of William and Gertrude (Balzer) Schroeder. She was one of five children.
Delores met her future husband Leonard “Len” Goering, and after two years of dating, the couple married in September of 1955 at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Goessel. Leonard and Delores were married 64 years, prior to Len’s passing in September of 2019.
Delores enjoyed nurturing her family and creating a home for them. She enriched the family life with her love of travel, singing, cooking, baking, sewing, and compassion for the disabled and less fortunate. Her personal relationship with her Lord and Savior were evident in her kind and loving character. Her daily devotions and Bible studies were the center of her faith, as well as singing in the church choir, participating with Women in Mission, and other Faith Mennonite Church activities.
Delores supplemented the family income by being a daycare provider, bookkeeper at the Kansas State Bank, and a Mary Kay Consultant. She valued the relationships she built with children, co-workers, and clients. They were also blessed to have her in their circle.
Delores is survived by her children, Mark (Alice) Goering, Tim (Cheri) Goering, Russell (Julie) Goering, and Lori Tortorice; eight grandchildren, Ben, Anna (Jamar), Adam (Andrea), Jessie (David), Maggie (Adam), Alyx (Shane), Zach, and Grayson; five great-grandsons, Jalen, Javion, Arlo, Jaxton, and Dorian; as well as numerous extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; parents, William and Gertrude Schroeder; brother, Virgil Schroeder; sisters, Sylvia Schmidt, Evelyn Balzer, Ina Bartel; and son-in-law, Michael Tortorice.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2022, at Faith Mennonite Church in Newton, with a graveside service to be held at 7:30 p.m. at Restlawn Gardens of Memory, SW of Newton. A public visitation will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. The family will be present at the visitation from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial donations can be made to MCC in care of Petersen Funeral Home.