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December 25, 1940 – Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Service Information
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
Saturday, June 25, 2011
10:00 a.m.

Visitation Information

Delilah A. “Dee” Desens, age 70 of rural Buffalo passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at her home with her family by her side.
She was born on December 25, 1940 on a farm in Rockford Township. She was the daughter of Adolph & Bernice Schmidt Vergin.

She was baptized on January 9, 1941 by Pastor Samuel Baer at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. She was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on June 6, 1954 at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church by Pastor N. Kock. Her confirmation memory verse was Revelation 3:20. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

As a young girl she attended country school near Beebe Lake. Delilah graduated from Buffalo High School in 1959.

On May 5, 1962, Delilah A. Vergin & Vance A. Desens were joined in holy marriage at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford by Pastor W.E. Neumann. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Dee had a love for music. When she was younger, she played accordion, performing as a duet with her sister Betty. When in high school, she played trumpet in the band. For many years, she was an organist at Cross Lutheran Church and also sang in the choir. She rarely missed a musical performance that involved her son Corey.
Dee drove school bus for fourteen years for The Rockford Independent School District #883.
Dee loved being outside working with the animals. She would rather be outside than in the house and started driving tractor at age eleven on her parents farm. She and her husband Vance engaged in farming, raising beef cattle, hogs and training horses. They belonged to various driving clubs and went on drives throughout the year around central Minnesota. Her last sleigh ride was on January 29th, 2011.
Dee was a past 4-H adult leader with the Easy Riders Saddle Club. She always helped along side her husband Vance, while he served on The Wright County Fair Board.
Every man should appreciate his wife, because he does not know what he has until she is gone!

Dee is survived by her loving husband of forty nine years:Vance; Sons: Darcy (Shellee) Desens of Buffalo, Corey Desens of Minneapolis and Kerby (Colette) Desens of Rockford; three grandchildren: MaKayla age 11, Brock age 10 and Dustin age 8; two sisters: Betty Lou (George) McAlpine and Marlene (Les) Huikko all of Buffalo; many other relatives and friends, her Morgan horse “Katie” and her Golden Retriever “Taffy”.
Preceded in death by daughter: Lezley L. Desens on April 2, 1996 and by her parents: Adolph and Bernice Vergin.

Visitation for Delilah “Dee” Desens will be held on Friday, June 24th at the church from 4-8 P.M. A Prayer service will be held at 7:30 P.M. Further visitation will be held on Saturday morning, June 25th at the church beginning at 9:00 A.M.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 25th at 10:00 A.M. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. Pastor Stephen A. Smith will officiate. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.
Casket Bearers: Dennis Desens, Mike Desens, Chad Huikko, Allen McAlpine, Brian McAlpine, and Mike Berthiaume.
Honorary Casket Bearer: Henry Aslakson.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. John and Nancy Lambrecht

    Vance and Family, Our condolences to all of you. She is now safe in the arms of Jesus, and no more suffering, no more pain.

  2. Carol Prindle

    Vance & Family, I’m truly sorry for your loss. Dee was an incredible woman. She will be missed deeply.
    Carol Prindle
    Buffalo Country Store

  3. Carol J. Makosky

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. We met last summer at Lois Handles and you so nicely drove the team while Lois & I visited on our way for lunch at the old school house.

  4. Mary Huettl

    Darcy and family; My sympathy to you and your family. Losing a Mom is very hard. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    Mary Huettl – City of Rockford

  5. Tony & Colleen Geftos

    Vance, Darcy, Shellee & MaKayla, Corey, Kerby, Colette, Brock & Dustin; We are so sorry for your loss, for the rough road you all have endured. We hope you find comfort in your loving memories of Dee. We are thinking of you all, our prayers are with each of you. We so wish we could be there.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Tony & Colleen Geftos & Bianca & Brody ~MI

  6. Marian & Mel Botzet

    Our sympathy to all of the Desens family at this time of loss. We hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Laurie Cardinal/ NCCC Secretary

    The North Country Carriage Club has lost a valued friend and member. We will remember the fun times we shared and send our deepest sympathies to the family.


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