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Dolores May (Kress) Pensky, age 94 of Buffalo, MN, passed away May 23, 2023.

She was born on May 1, 1929 in Stillwater, Minnesota to William and Edna (Asmus) Kress. She graduated from Stillwater High School in 1947 and then furthered her education at Macalester College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and majored in Commercial Education and minored in Spanish Education in 1951.

She went on to teach in Silver Lake, Braham, Stewartville, and finally Buffalo where she found her home. She was joined in marriage to Rainer Pensky in 1961 and the two were married at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, MN. Dolores and Rainer also owned and operated Buffalo Floral and DER Gaertner Greenhouses. She also worked at the Market Place in the floral department, which went well with her love of Flowers.

Dolores was a quiet and reserved person, but once you got to know her, she was sociable and loved to spend time with her Crafty Ladies, Bridge friends, and the Zuhrah Flyer Ladies. She enjoyed knitting, Word Finds, and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings games. She had a love for travel. Many trips were to Germany to spend time with Rainer’s family, or to where the sun was shining . The best was yet to come when she became a grandma to her beloved William.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Rainer; parents, William and Edna; nephew, Kevin; brother-in-law, Vince; sisters-in-law, Silke and Elke; and favorite dog, Donny.

Dolores is survived by her son, Eric (Kim); grandson, William; sister, Gretchen Turnblad; sisters-in-law, Heinke and Weibke; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 2, 2023 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church (507 County Rd 134, Buffalo, MN). Inurnment at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo, MN. The service will be livestreamed via the church Youtube channel: or the church website:

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: Buffalo Presbyterian Church of Buffalo.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tina M Arneson

    Eric, Kim & William,
    I am so sorry to hear of Delores passing. She & Rainer will always hold a special place in my heart as I got to know them at Park Terrace. Love & hugs to you all during this time. May they rest in peace together ❤️

  2. Barb Carlson

    Peace to all of her family. I met Delores at Cambridge in Rice Lake. Special lady who l will miss. Got her some yarn and she made some dish cloths for me. Keepers for sure.

  3. Rita Varner-Otness

    Eric and Family
    Oh how Dolores was one of my most favorite ladies. She was so fun to chat with. Enjoyed seeing her at Park Terrace and at many Rotary events. Such a fine lady. I will miss her. Praying for you at this difficult time.


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