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“Happy Birthday Mom! I love you! ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Rita diener - Appleton, WI

“Harvey and family, I am sorry we could not make the funeral. Dick had knee replacement surgery and was not up to travel. I pray you find peace and...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Dick and Deedy Petzold - Crandon, WI

“I already miss you so much, Mom. Your love for us was ever constant and always unconditional. I take comfort in the belief that you are in a better...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Kate Gaines - Madison, WI

“Our condolences to the family in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 25 | Posted by: Linda & Sam Kopf - Chilton, WI

“To Ruth and the entire family, Your mom was a special lady. As a kid spending a lot of time at the Hephner house, I always was made to feel at home...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Karern Hertel - Skokie, IL

“From the entire Bates family...please know that we have loved Delores forever. She was always so good to us when we were kids and your family were...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Amy Bangart - Chilton, WI

“Dear Hepner family: Loved to hear about Kate's Momma. Always good things. Sweet smile is passed on. ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Amanda Davis

“Dear Rita, and family: Heaven has a new angel. Your mother is well know for kind sweet gentle soul. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Jamie Rozman - Chilton, WI

“This world was a better place with her in it and she will be missed greatly by the people who knew her best. In the short time I knew Delores, she...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Bonnie Backhaus - Burnett, WI

“Dear Mom, you were the light of our lives and we will miss you more than you could ever imagine. No child was ever more blessed than the ones that...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Rita Diener - Appleton, WI

“God bless this wonderful gal.... ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Pat Stadtmueller - Chilton, WI

“You know I never had to wonder what she was thinking. She didn't always have a lot to say but when she did was funny. She was a sweet lady and I'll...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Frank - Appleton, WI - Friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Delores was the perfet example of what a mother should be. She always...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Jim Bruckner - Chilton, WI

“I will always remember the fun times I had at the Hephner house when I was young. Delores always made me feel like one of the family and each time I...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Debbie Murphy - Chilton, WI

“Delores always greeted us with a smile and loved her family very much :) ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: Lenny & Jan Johnson

“She was a wonderful person and loved her family very much. She will be missed. ”
16 of 25 | Posted by: Melissa Diener - Brillion, WI

“Delores always took the time to converse with wisdom, humor and grace, all while making you a snack. Neat Lady. ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Mark Boll - Sherwood, WI

“Cindy, Harvey and all family members of Delores our prayers and thoughts are with you all in your time of sorrow. ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: Shirley and Lester Freund - WI

“Harvey & Cindy and families of Delores, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. She was such a wonderful lady. Her...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Ann Konen

“We will always have fond memories of Delores as she was such a sweet and caring person, Our thoughts of sympathy and peace are with you all at this...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Don Netzel - Crivitz, WI

“My sympathy to the family...what a GREAT lady. I spent A LOT of time at the Hephner house when I was in High School and Delores treated me like one...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Jim Ronk - Chilton - Friend

“Condolences to the family of Delores. She was a very sweet and gentle person. Alway friendly and ready to give a helping hand. ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Bunny Van Cuyk - hilbert, WI

“To the family of Delores, I was saddened to hear that Delores passed away. She was always a very loving, concerned and special lady that touched...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Brenda Fortier - Dorion

“My deepest sympathy on the loss of one of the most special people I've ever met. She is definitely somebody's guardian angle above as she was many...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Kris Baeten - Hilbert, WI

“My condolences to the family in time of sorrow. I have known Delores most of my life she was a kind and wonderful lady. I would look forward to her...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: John Boll - Chilton, WI


Delores Kathryn Hephner, age 82, passed into the waiting arms of the Lord on December 24, 2012. Delores was born January 10, 1930 to Nicholas & Elizabeth (Heneberry) Gruenke. She attended St. Peter Claver and Sheboygan High School. Delores married Wesley Grube, Sr. on February 12, 1947 and he preceded her in death on October 13, 1962. Delores married Harvey Hephner, Sr. on January 23, 1965 in Chilton. Delores devoted her entire life to raising and nurturing her family. Delores was a life partner to Harvey and spent countless hours side by side with him running their antique business. Delores will be remembered for her love and devotion to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. No matter the day or time, she always had something to feed you and an ear to listen to your stories or problems. Delores had been an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she spent numerous hours preparing and running their annual rummage sales. Delores was a kind soul that found the most pleasure in life taking care of others and doing whatever she could to help anyone in need. Delores was a current member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, but often could be seen at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion. Delores will be dearly missed by her husband, Harvey; her 6 sons: Wes Grube, Jr., Bill (Sue) Grube, Gordie (Kathy) Grube, Art (Arlene) Grube, Mike Grube, Harvey (Cindy) Hephner, Jr.; 3 daughters Rita Diener, Kate (David) Gaines, Ruth Geiger and her special friend John Rhode; 2 daughters-in-law: Deb Grube and her special friend Art Graham, Carol Schneider; 30 grandchildren: Wesley (Jackie) Grube, III, Timothy (Koreen) Grube, Jessica (Scott) Hoene, Chad (Alicia) Grube, Chris (Jessica) Grube, Jason Grube, William Grube, Jr., Clinton (Jen) Grube, Jeremiah Grube, Aaron Grube, Joshua Grube, Emily Grube, Matt Engel, Travis (Jill) Engel, Nicholas Grube, Nicole Grube, Michael Grube, Jr., Lyndsey (Michael) Burg, Adam (Tracie) Grube, Joseph (Melissa) Diener, Amanda (Dan) Cohorst, Rebecca Diener, David Gaines, Jr. Cadie Anderson, Nathan Anderson, Alexis Geiger, Abigail Geiger, Elizabeth Geiger, Daniel Hephner, Kelly Hephner; 33 great-grandchildren; 7 brothers and sisters-in-law: Wally (Cathy) Grube, Fr. John Hephner, Pearl (Henry) Vander Wielen, Russell Hephner, Earl (Joanie) Hephner, Janet (Cyril) Schmitz, Theresa (Ron) Wrobeleski; a godson: Tim Schmitz, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She also touched the life of and will be fondly remembered by her special friends: Barb, Julie, Joyce, Sue, Jerry, Bonnie, Shiela, Angie and Pat. Delores was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband: Wes Grube, Sr., her sons: Russel & Steven Grube; 4 grandchildren: Jesse, Ashley, Marc, & Angela; a son-in-law: Alan Diener; a brother: Raymond Gruenke; and 8 brothers and sisters-in-law. Delores will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton with the Rev. John Hephner and Rev. Bob Kollath officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Chilton. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 4:00 until 7:00 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 and again on Saturday at the church from 9:30 until 10:45 am. A Parish Vigil Service will be held Friday evening at the funeral home beginning at 7:00 pm.