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Delores Paatalo Obituary

Delores J. Paatalo
Delores J. Paatalo

October 7, 1935 - April 7, 2017
Born in Wadena, MN
Resided in New York Mills, MN


Delores Jeannette Paatalo, age 81 of New York Mills, MN, passed away on April 7, 2017 at the Elders' Home in New York Mills.

Delores was born on the family farm outside Wadena on October 7, 1935, the daughter of John and Mayme (Wyffels) Nanik. After graduating from Crosby-Ironton High School, she moved to Minneapolis where she met John Paatalo. They married on November 13, 1954 and raised five children, making their home in Saint Paul for more than 40 years. They retired to New York Mills, John's hometown, in 1998. At the time of John's death in 2013, they had been married for 58 years.

After the birth of their youngest child, Delores decided to become a teacher. She earned a B.S. in Education from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She was an elementary school teacher with the Saint Paul School District for more than two decades.

Delores was a gifted artist, especially with watercolors, stained glass, and mixed media collage. She was an excellent cook, despite her children's relentless teasing about her legendary burnt pot roasts, and her Finnish flat bread and pastry always got rave reviews. She loved finding a bargain at the thrift store and rearranging furniture in her house, and she took seriously her responsibility to teach her grandchildren how to play a competitive game of poker.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Orville Nanik, and her husband John. She is survived by children Heidi Paatalo-Nelson (Neil), Judith Engstrom (John), James, Joseph (Lynn), and William (Jennifer), ten grand-children, four great-grandchildren, and many extended family members and loving friends.

At her request, there will be no visitation. Private interment of ashes at Woodland Cemetery in New York Mills will occur at a later date. The family requests memorials to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202. Online donations may be made at


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