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Obituary for Dolores "Dee" Loretta Sparks


Dolores “Dee” Loretta Sparks, 95, of Rockland, passed away in her family home on November 21, 2018. Dee was born on February 14, 1923, in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduation she joined the Navy, where she was a bookkeeping clerk. She married Paul Sparks on October 7, 1947 in Crane, Indiana. For 29 years, while Paul was in the Marines, Dee packed and moved from state to state, making lifetime friends. In 1965 they settled in their home of 53 years in Dutch Creek. Dee was a member of the Bangor American Legion Auxiliary Post 40 and St. Peter’s Church in Middle Ridge. Dee’s family was her pride and joy. Our Mother would rather share than do anything else and we are so happy she shared her life with us. Dee will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Dee is survived by her two sons, Alan (Marlene) Sparks of Plainville, MA., and Jerry (Alice) Sparks of Holmen; two daughters, Vicki (Michael) Walters of Rockland and Becky Sparks of Trempealeau; grandchildren, Joe (Sue), Jennifer (Bob), Aaron, Marcie, Amy (Alan), DeeAnn (Jared), Katrina (Jason), and Lucas (Becky); great-grandchildren, Devin, Paula, Dawson, Natalie, Owen, Wyatt, Mason, Jolie, Julianna, Allison, Lidia, AJ, Abigail, Henry, and little William; great-great-grandchildren, Braxton and Jaxson; special family friends include, Bernie and Theresa Clements, Laurnie and Barb Anderson, and Chuck and Betty Morris. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her brother, Robert Valcheff; many brothers and sisters-in-law from Missouri and California. A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Middle Ridge. Father Tim Welles will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of mass, Tuesday, at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bangor Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com. A special thank-you to all the Mayo Clinic Hospice workers who gave exceptional care to our mother and lots of support to us. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Program of La Crosse.