In Memory of

Stella M. Dillemuth

February 10, 1927 - November 22, 2019
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Stella M. Dillemuth 92, passed away Friday, November 22, 2019 at Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care in Madison, Wisconsin.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at St. Paul’s Lutheran & Presbyterian Church, Rockwell City, with Pastor James Hoover Mossman officiating.  Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Church until service time.  Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran & Presbyterian Church, Rockwell City. 

     Stella is survived by her daughters, Vicki Davidson (Stephen) of Boone, Iowa, Nancy Bigelow (Daryl) of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Anne Fink (David) of Middleton, Wisconsin; grandchildren, John Bigelow, Katherine Leighninger (Chris), Owen Berg (Ashley), Devon and Nicholas Fink; great grandchild, Nathaniel Leighninger; step-grandchildren, Joel Davidson (Courtney), Baylee Davidson; sisters, Norma Juhl, Storm Lake, Iowa, Marian Gibbs, Loveland, Colorado, Carol Snyder, Sumner, Iowa, and other friends and relatives.  She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Martha Krueger Buhr; her beloved husband Russell Dillemuth; sister, Helen Schultz; brother Allen (Bud) Buhr; brothers-in-law, Harold Schultz, Lester Juhl, Reese Gibbs, and Rev. Al Dillemuth; and sister-in-law Wilma Buhr. 

     Stella Margaret Buhr Dillemuth, the daughter of August and Martha Krueger Buhr, was born on February 10, 1927 at Buck Creek, Iowa.  She graduated from Sumner High School in 1944, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wartburg College in 1947, and completed her library certification from the University of Northern Iowa in 1967.  Stella taught in the Keystone, Somers, and Rockwell City Schools.  In 1949, she was united in marriage with Russell Dillemuth at Sumner, Iowa, and they established their home in Rockwell City.

     Stella was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran and Presbyterian Church, a life member of the National Education Association, a former member of the Iowa State Education Association, a trustee of the Carnegie Public Library for many years and served on the building committee for the present library and community center.  She was a charter member of the Calhoun County Branch of the American Association of University Women. 

     Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.

Funeral Services
11:00 a.m. - Tuesday
November 26, 2019
St. Paul's Lutheran & Presbyterian Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Pastor Jim Hoover Mossman
10:00 a.m. - Tuesday
November 26, 2019
St. Paul's Lutheran & Presbyterian Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Rosehill Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa


Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9:54 AM
“I met Stella while at Shady Oaks. I knew her to be a kind and gentle person. I am sure her family will miss her. Please except my condolences. Mary”
- Mary Hayes

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:04 AM
“I'm so sorry about the passing of Stella. She was so warm and friendly and had the best smile. My thoughts are with all the Dillemuths as you mourn the loss of your cherished mom (and grandma). ”
- Jane Harding

Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:01 PM
“Dear Vicki, Nancy, Anne & families,
I was so sorry to hear about Stella’s passing, She was a sweet lady & librarian and I remember she would not tell us how old she was when we were growing up. Now I know. 😉 Prayers to you all.”
- Jaci Berg Carlson

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 8:07 PM
“Dear Anne, so sorry to hear about your mom. Be assured, the angels have welcomed her! Love and prayers, Mary and Mike”
- Mary Swita

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3:44 PM
“Vicki and family - I remember Mrs. Dillemuth from the library at school. She was always so kind to help when you needed a book or reference for a project. She told me once that she appreciated me being quiet when in the library at the new high school (1970) so she didn't have to "shush" me as she did other kids sometimes. I always wondered if you had to be quiet at home, too! I'm sure you'll miss her greatly. My thoughts are with you as you celebrate her life.”
- Duane Farnell

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3:44 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.”
- Randy Gray

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:22 PM
“Dear Nancy: I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very kind woman, especially to me. What a great example she was to us all. ”
- Mary Susan Powers

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:21 PM
“Stella Dillemuth was a mentor, an advocate, a calm presence. She was such a stalwart on the library board, which is how I got to know her well. I could always rely on her counsel. I can easily picture her laughing and hear her voice saying her library card number (which I still remember even though we moved to Missouri 19 years ago). My sincere condolences to her girls and their families. She was just the best.”
- Hilda Hartling

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:21 PM
“I am sorry for the loss of Stella. I enjoyed taking care of her when she was at Shady Oaks Care Center. My prayers and sympathy to her family.”
- Kyle Hull

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:21 PM
“I am so sorry I won't be able to attend her celebration of life. I will always remember the hugs I got whenever she saw me. She was a dear sweet lady. My prayers are with you all! God Bless, Diane”
- Diane Vavak

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:12 AM
“So sorry to hear of Stella's passing. She was always so kind and soft spoken at school and beyond.”
- Jolene (Nelson) Rasty

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:12 AM
“So saddened to hear of Mrs. Dillemuth's passing our hearts are with her family. She was a very sweet lady and always encouraged my love of books even though I tested her patience many times. She will be missed.”
- david esmay

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