Walter Funeral Homes

Serving the communities of Freeman, Marion and Bridgewater, South Dakota

Deloris J. (Hofer) Stahl, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, died on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at the Oakview Terrace Nursing Home. She was 89.

Deloris was born on June 17, 1930 on a farm north of Freeman, S.D. to Joseph L. Hofer and Annie (Kleinsasser) Hofer. She was the oldest of four children. 

Baptized upon her confession of faith, Deloris was a faithful member of Hutterthal Mennonite Church all her life.

Deloris graduated from Freeman Academy. She earned a teacher’s certificate from Freeman Junior College and taught at a country schoolhouse. She was an avid reader and maintained a keen intellectual curiosity her entire life. After spending a summer in voluntary service in Delaware, she returned to Freeman and married John M. Stahl on August 10, 1952. The next year their first child, Jackie, was born in Denver during Johnny’s 1-W service. 

After returning to the area, Deloris and Johnny farmed in Bridgewater, S.D. during which time their second daughter, Marilyn, and son, John David, were born.

Johnny and Deloris moved to a farm north of Freeman in 1961. Deloris loved farm life. She was a devoted and loving mother and made time to read to her children daily. She was an incredible cook and baker, making all of the traditional Hutterisch foods. 

Deloris loved nature and shared her awe of the natural world with her children.  She enjoyed gazing at the stars, bird watching, fishing and taking long walks on the “dead miles” near the farm.  She and Johnny loved watching the powerful summer thunderstorms approach from the west.

Deloris valued her Hutterite cultural identity. She served as a member of the Publications Committee of the Hutterite Centennial in 1974 and maintained close connections with the local Hutterite colonies. She treasured her two Hutterite heritage tours to Europe.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jackie Stahl Skibine (Alex Skibine), Salt Lake City, Utah, Marilyn Stahl (Dirk Giseburt), Mercer Island, Wash., and J.D. Stahl (Dari St. Louis), Bainbridge Island, Wash.; seven grandchildren: Alexandre “Sasha” Skibine and Nathalie Skibine, Salt Lake City, Annelise Giseburt, Hiroshima, Japan, Peter Giseburt, Cameron Stahl and Andrew Stahl, all in the Seattle area, and Nick Stahl, Los Angeles, Calif.; and three siblings: Harvey Hofer (Diane); Delmer Hofer (Shirley) and Arlyss Brockmueller (Percy). A memorial services was held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Hutterthal Mennonite Church.

Four generations of care