Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


April 24, 2014

Delores Breuklander

Delores Arlene Breuklander was born Sept. 24, 1939, in Knoxville. She was the daughter of Walter and Virginia I. (Davis) Sharp.

In her early years she worked at Park Lane Café, which her parents owned. Delores later worked for the Shamrock Café where she would meet Marion Breuklander. On Nov. 1, 1969, Delores was united in marriage to Marion H. Breuklander in Knoxville. Delores spent 30 years working at the Knoxville Veteran Affairs Hospital in laundry service, before retiring on July 31, 1994. She will be remembered as a very happy, easy-going and giving person.

In her spare time, she enjoyed embroidery, latch hook and reading. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, especially football and basketball. Delores’ other great joy was her dogs; she had several through the years and loved their companionship.

Delores passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the West Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center at the age of 74 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marion; siblings: Leonard Sharp and Shirley Barber and in-laws: John and Tryntje Oostrum Breuklander, Lawrence Breuklander and Leona King.

Those left to mourn her passing include her son, John (Kathy) Breuklander of Forest City; grandchildren, Stacey and Shawn (Jessica) Breuklander; siblings: Leland Sharp of Modesto, Calif.; Eloise (Chester) Bricker of Green Valley, Ariz.; Mary (Robert) Pinegar of Marysville and Robin (Skip) Hicks of Carlsborg, Wash.; in-laws: Jacqueline Sharp of Knoxville; Joan Kinner of Las Vegas, Nev., and Amy Breuklander of St. Louis, Mo., and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and other family members and friends.

A Funeral Service for Delores was held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, with Rev. Vicki Steffes and Rev. Jeff Flagg officiating at Bybee & Davis Funeral Home in Knoxville. Interment was following the service at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville. Her Musical Selections were, “Me and God” – Josh Turner, “When I Get Where I’m Going” – Brad Paisley, and “In the Garden” – Alan Jackson. Casket Bearers for Delores were, Lee Sharp, Ted Sharp, Corey Bakalar, Monte Pinegar, Zachary Pinegar, Paul Stalzer, Dave McKinney, Tristan Bakalar.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marion County Humane Society, H.C.I. Care Services or to the Zion United Methodist Church. Online condolences may left at

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