Dalene Elizabeth Kray was born Sept. 17, 1944, in Leeds (Sioux City), the daughter of Clifford and Mary Lucile (Bornholtz) Richardson. She later moved with her family to a farm near Hinton, and graduated from Hinton High School in 1962.
In 1962, Dalene and Jim Kray were married at St. Michael Catholic Church in Kingsley. They made their home in Vinton, where Dalene worked in a local grocery store.
After a few years in Vinton, Dalene returned to the area and attended Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City. After college she took a position with Rogers Electric. Dalene later worked at Telco Triad Community Credit Union and in the pharmacy department at Mercy Medical for 14 years. Her last job was with Pech Optical. She retired in 2009 after 14 years with Pech Optical.
During her retirement years, Dalene cared for her mother, Mary Lucile.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Rhonda Bolton of Le Mars; a son, Rick Kray and his wife, Brenda, of Le Mars; grandchildren, Justine Beermann and her husband, Chris, of Le Mars, Jena Reuter, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Kylie Kray, of Le Mars, Audra Presuhn and her husband, Troy, of Le Mars; great-grandchildren Ethan and Jayden Nelson and Trey and Riley Presuhn, all of Le Mars; a sister, Mary Pierce and her husband, Don, of Sioux City; several nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Geri Baldwin of Sioux City.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Paul Eisele will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery, rural Hinton. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a rosary service at 4 p.m. and a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass on Tuesday.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ethan and Jayden Nelson.
Pallbearers will be Parnell Pierce, Lance Pierce, Michael Stevenson, Chad Stevenson, Preston Pierce, Terry Pierce and Chris Beermann.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.