Deloris Lucille Dahle Shipman Pitkin, 73, of Belvidere Illinois, died peacefully January 22, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois. She was born to Clarence and Lillian (Oddson) Dahle, June 28, 1945, in Algona, Iowa. She loved her older brothers: Merwyn (Judy) and Ron (Paulette). Deloris graduated from Britt High School and Iowa State University. She moved to Belvidere in 1967 and taught Home Economics at Belvidere Jr. High School and Belvidere Central Middle School for 36 years. Deloris taught English as a Second Language, Continuing Education night classes, and “Whiz Kids” classes for Rock Valley College for several years. She later became Rock Valley College’s director for Continuing Education. Deloris was the librarian at Immanuel Lutheran School for six years and worked at Ida Public Library for six years.
Deloris was married to Roland A. Shipman for 34 years. Their son Roland A.E. Shipman II was born on his Dad’s birthday in 1978. She loved her “son-RAE” with all her heart. Roland passed away March 2, 2000. Their son, RAE, married his sweetheart, Stephanie, and they gave Dee two grandchildren, Sophia and Roland III. She was married to Milo Pitkin for 10 years, who passed July 12, 2012.
She liked to visit and retell stories with her Dahle and Shipman families from Iowa. She built an extensive network of friends in her 50+ years in Belvidere. Her favorite hobby was crafting beautiful hand-made cards for all occasions. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church for many years, and enjoyed bringing friends to Immanuel North to help grow that location.
A memorial service, celebrating Deloris’s life, will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church Saturday, January 26, 2019, at noon. Lunch and fellowship to immediately follow. Funeral services to be held around her birthday in Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to a scholarship fund in her name.
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