Delores was born Nov. 14, 1925, in Le Mars, the daughter of William and Helen Schnepf. Delores graduated from St. Mary's High School in Remsen. Following high school, she attended and graduated from St. Joseph Mercy College of Nursing in Sioux City.
She married Tom Flaherty Jr. on July 12, 1955, in Remsen. Following the wedding, Delores and Tom moved to Houston where she raised her three children, volunteered in schools and community and worked part time as a nurse at Southeast Memorial Hospital.
Delores and Tom celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in a wonderful gathering of family and friends in July 2005. She will be remembered as a giving, compassionate wife and mother who had much love for her family.
After years as a member of St. Christopher's Catholic Church, Delores and Tom moved and joined Holy Rosary parish. She was an active member there and will leave many friends in that congregation.
She is survived by sons, Thomas Flaherty, III and wife, Marybeth, and Patrick Flaherty; daughter, Erin Fenton and husband, Joe; and grandchildren: Meredith, Thomas "Will" IV, and Colin Flaherty, and Colleen, Shannon, Ross and Daniel Fenton. Also surviving her are sister, Jane Even of Alton; and sisters-in-law, Helen Flaherty and Loretta Schnepf, both of Le Mars; brother-in-law, Bob Flaherty of Peoria, Ill., as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas W. Flaherty, Jr.; brothers: Ralph Schnepf, Elmer Schnepf and wife, Esther, and Magnus "Mac" Schnepf and wife, Theresa; sisters: Marian and husband, Bill Fitzpatrick, Harriet and husband, Frank Ludwig, and Helen and husband, Sylvester Pick; and a brother-in-law, Mike Even.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 5-7:15 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where a recitation of the Holy Rosary is to commence at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3617 Milam St., in Houston, where the Rev. Juan Torres, Parochial Vicar, is to serve as celebrant.
The Rite of Committal is to follow, via an escorted cortege, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to The Amazing Place, 3735 Drexel Dr., Houston, Texas 77027; or to The Alzheimer's Association, 2242 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030.