Dee Oswald - May 12, 2011Delores “Dee” Oswald, 78, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, at her home.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Pastor Jack Gillam and Rev. Len Gebhardt will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery at 2 p.m/ Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Delores “Dee” Oswald, the daughter of William “Bill” and Helen (Wiese) Meier, was born north of Grand Island near the Hall, Howard and Merrick intersection near Worms on Jan. 12, 1933.
Dee was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island. She attended District #58 Rural School then to Trinity Lutheran School in Grand Island and graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1951. She served as Sunday School superintendent and she was very active in her church and school Walther League Young Peoples Group. In senior high she assisted in the library and in the school Truant Office.
Following her graduation she worked at Northwest Public Service as a bookkeeper and at Walbach’s Department Store.
Dee was State Dairy Princess and the 1950 Ak-Sar-Ben Rodeo Queen.
Dee married David A. Oswald on Dec. 25, 1952 at El Paso, Texas. While David was in combat in Korea, she was employed by the Box Factory, a manufacturer of wooden ammunition boxes for the war effort.
They moved to Aurora where they farmed and trucked southwest of Aurora. Dee was employed as office manager of Hamilton County Farm Bureau. Later they moved to Superior, Nebraska where she was very active in PTA, church, Woman’s Club, and Christian Womans’ Club where she was area consulting coordinator for many years in the 1980s. They then moved to Lincoln where she continued CWC work and Friendship Bible courses.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Lyle Foth, brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Erma Meier and sister-in-law, Joyce Meier.
Survivors include her husband, David Oswald of Aurora; daughter, Kathryn (Curt) Guenther of Beatrice and son, Craig (Peg) Oswald of Hastings; five grandsons, Sean (Melissa) Spady of St. Joseph, Ill., Justin (Michele) Spady of Aurora, Zachary (Aaron) Oswald of Mitchelville, Md., Lucas Oswald of Hastings and Jesse Oswald attending UNO; four great-grandchildren, Chloe and Brianna Spady of Aurora, Ava Belle Spady of St. Joseph, Ill. and Oliver Oswald of Mitchelville, Md. She is also survived by sister, Arlene (Melvin) Lillich of Deshler and Reuben (Ardee) Meier of Grand Island.