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Delores Arlene Sandmire

April 17, 2019 | 11 comments

Delores Arlene Sandmire, 85, of La Farge, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in her home. She was born on March 4, 1934 to Albin and Martha (Urban) Hynek and at the age of 1 and a half, she went to live with and was raised by Frank and Anna Shebeck. She was married on May 12, 1956 but divorced later in 1977.

Delores was the owner of the Rockton Bar, she worked for Rayovac in Wonewoc and for the La Farge Co-op, before she began working for the La Farge State Bank where she spent 22 years until retirement.

Delores has served the community in many ways over her lifetime, and spent the last 18 years as a dedicated Village of La Farge Trustee.  In her tenure, she served on the Finance and Personnel Committee, and assisted in all hiring as well as helping form the budget each year.  For the past 12 years, she served as Chairperson of the Lawton Memorial Library, and has chaired or served on all of the following committees:  Medical, Police, Zoning Board of Appeals, Parks, Summer Rec, and Cemetery, as well as the Housing Authority.  She was an integral part of the first TIF project which helped form the infrastructure for Organic Valley’s headquarters building in 2003.  In addition to serving on the board, she also was the fill-in for the utility office in La Farge for over twenty years.  Beyond the village duties, she served for many years as Co-Chair for the La Farge United Methodist Church Task Force.  She managed the La Farge Meal Site for many years, serving great home cooked meals each day with a friendly smile to area seniors.  Delores was always giving of her time to volunteer for anything that was needed and did it in a caring, friendly, and helpful manner.  She loved to volunteer to read to young children at school. Even though she wasn’t the secretary or treasurer, every Sunday after church she stayed and counted offering envelopes and entered them into the computer for many years. She was known for her positive outlook on life, her witty humor, storytelling, and her unforgettable laugh.  The La Farge community is a better place today because of all that Delores gave over the years, and her legacy and stories will live on into the future.

Delores loved watching sports, especially the Brewers, gardening and planting flowers, cooking, fishing, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. She was always looking forward to the next holiday or gathering. She was the epitome of what a community servant is. She did everything at 110% and always with a smile and a laugh and never needing any recognition for any of it. Her love of her community was second only to her love for her family. Her family was her greatest pride. She was an awesome mother and grandmother.

Delores is survived by her children, Gregory (Laina) Sandmire, Cheryl McBride, Michael Sandmire, Mark Sandmire; grandchildren, Nicole Sandmire (Joe Cina), Gregory Sandmire; beloved grand dog, Wrigley; sisters, Evelyn Unbehaun and Marvelene Winchester (Bruce); and many nieces, nephews, and friends who she considered family.

She was preceded in death by her biological parents, Albin and Martha; her 2ndparents, Frank and Anna; her brothers, Robert Hynek, Harold Hynek, Ronald Hynek; sister in laws, Ellen Hynek and Joan Hynek; a baby sister in 1935; brother in law George Unbehaun; and her beloved grand dog, Tango.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the La Farge Library or the La Farge Ambulance.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11 AM at the La Farge Free Methodist Church, 214 South Cherry St., with visitation being held from 10 AM until the time of the service as well as on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 4 PM to 7 PM, also at the La Farge Free Methodist Church. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.



  1. Carolyn Nottestad

    What a wonderful, friendly, funny woman. She sure will be missed.

    • Mark

      I was so sad to hear of the passing of Delores she was a special lady. She was more concerned about others than herself. That is what made her so special and beloved everywhere she went.
      There will now be an empty space at many places where Delores worked so hard to make this a better place for all of us.
      RIP Delores Sandmire you were one of a kind.

  2. Terry Hynek

    Aunt Delores will be missed by everyone she came in touch with. All the memories of her laughing and joking with family and of course her sisters will live forever. I’m so glad to have gotten to visit with her a few weeks ago and get caught up on everything and everyone. Rest in Peace to a special person.

  3. Ron & Donna Johnson

    Cheryl and family—sure are thinking of all of you. When your mom and my dad would meet, they would always have their little visit in bohemian. Will so miss seeing your mom. Feeling sad. Our sympathy, Donna & Ron

  4. Rev Dan &Kathie Block

    Delores will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know her.
    Our condolences to her family.
    May she rest with the Saints & angels.

  5. Colleen Sullivan Sowa

    So very sorry for this loss… A dear sweet lady… XOXOX

    • Jodi Helgeson

      From her obituary, you can tell She knew what public service was and passed that down to her family. My sympathy to you all.

  6. David Hough

    Delores was a wonderful person–full of joy, laughter, energy, grace, and generosity. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. My condolences to the family. Stastnou cestu, Delores

  7. Rose Ottum

    I am so sorry Cheri. I thought she was doing better. I’m so shocked to hear this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  8. Sharon (Parish) Isenegger

    A kind word, a warm smile and a genuine heart. That’s how I will always remember Miss Delores. She didn’t use the word No, gave of herself endlessly and when she sensed something wasn’t quite right, she’d ask and try to help. We are thankful for having the Blessing of knowing her. May her spirit and generosity live on and through all she touched.
    Rest In Peace Dear Delores, our deepest condolences for all those left behind.

  9. John Hisel

    Delores always had a warm welcome and a big hello and smile every time we met. Will miss that and our hearts go out to the family.

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