Delores Zerr

By The Mercury

Delores Zerr, 81, of Manhattan, Kansas died April 10 at Mercy Regional Health Center.

She was born to Frank and Anna (Meitl) Dempewolf near Dresden on Dec. 7, 1932.

She received her twelve years of education at Fairview School, Dresden and Leoville.

On Aug. 5, 1954, she and Paul Koerperich were married at the Leoville Catholic Church. They started their married life near Selden and later moved to Hoxie and had three sons and four daughters.

She worked in the Sheridan Inn and Sheridan County Hospital as an early morning cook. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and Sodality of Hoxie. Paul died May 4, 1975.

Delores married Ted Zerr on May 24, 1979. His three children, JoAnn, MaryLou and Ralph Zerr then joined the family.

After a brief 10 years living in Hoxie, Theodore died Dec. 11, 1989.

By that time, all 10 children had lives of their own away from Hoxie, so Delores moved to Hays. She soon joined the Foster Grandparent program and enjoyed working with children in the school systems in Hays, Andover and Manhattan. She also enjoyed her sewing projects and house plants.

She is survived by her children: Vickie (Dean) Rohleder, Hays; Beckie (Richard) White, Wichita; Dotty (Robin) Schuckman, Alma; Augustine (Sandra) Koerperich, Topeka;  Sheila (Brad) Richmeier, Kansas City; Mark (Cara) Koerperich, Bala;  three step-children: JoAnn Zerr, Lawrence; Mary Lou Mobley, Aurora, Colo.; and Ralph Zerr, Hays,; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She is survived by one brother, Dick, Colby and one sister Dianne Kleidosty, San Fernando, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Karl, four brothers, Victor, Gene, Gerald and Don and three sisters, Carolyn Peterson, Edna Hendrix and Pauline Ritter. 

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Ave., with the Rev. Don Zimmerman as Celebrant.

There will be a private burial in the Hoxie Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Foster Grandparent Program in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave.

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