Delores Worke, 1926-2014

Published 10:11 am Friday, August 22, 2014

Delores Worke, 87, passed away surrounded by family at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea with the Rev. Janet White officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Online condolences are welcome at

Delores Worke

Delores Worke

Delores was born Nov. 27, 1926, in Moorhead to Henry and Dena Quam. She married Donald Worke on Dec. 8, 1946, at Round Prairie Church. The couple resided in Albert Lea where they raised their children and were lifelong members of Grace Lutheran Church. Don and Delores enjoyed going to the Eagle and Moose clubs and delighted in polka dancing and waltzing.

Delores worked for 33 years at Wilson & Co.’s meat packing plant on “queen’s row.” She enjoyed crafts with her ladies, knitting, crocheting, cooking, baking and doing puzzles. She was a tough woman, but very giving and selfless. She was always there to lend a helping hand.

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She will be fondly missed by her husband, Donald Worke; sons Gene (Yoko) Worke and Kevin (Cheryl) Worke; grandchildren Paula (Tony) Wire, Eugene (Laila) Worke and Eric (Laura) Worke; great-grandchildren Keiffer Wire, Kallee Wire, Ryder Worke, Kingston Worke and Rueger Worke; sisters Gert Erickson of West Des Moines and Carol (Ron) Hass of Milaca; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Howard Quam; sister, Harriet Classon; sisters-in-law Ruby Worke and Eloris “Tilly” Worke; and brothers-in-law Jack Worke and John Erickson.