Zelda Janette Hirschey Bachleitner Conkin
On June 16, 1938, Donavon Merle and Pearl Louella (Raddohl) Hirschey were blessed with a beautiful red-headed baby girl; Zelda Janette was born in Germania Township, Todd County, MN. She was brought home to meet her sister, June (Richard) Ranstad and her brother, Roger d. (Lucille). Later Douglas d., Yvonne (Marten), Loretta (Durbin d.) and Donavon d. joined her family. They shared many adventures together. Zelda lived in the surrounding area making Perham her home.
In September of 1954, Zelda was united in marriage to James Bachleitner d. bringing into the world eight children: Vicki (Perry) Bachleitner, James d. (Bonnie) Bachleitner, Susan (David) Guggisberg, Becky (Russell) Kertscher, Tammy Shields, Steve (Karen) Bachleitner, Scott (Darlene) Bachleitner and Randy d. (Loretta) Bachleitner. Zelda was blessed with 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
On September 28, 1984, Zelda was joined in marriage with Ronald Lee Conklin gaining three stepsons, Mark, Scott and Chad; step-daughter, Brenda d.; five step-grandchildren.
Zelda worked various jobs: she was a cook, a waitress, a bartender, but most importantly, she was a mother. She enjoyed reading, taking drives, animals and children. She cherished time with family, friends and let's not forget, KK, her cat.
With family by her side on October 31, 2015 she was called to heaven. She is with her grandfather, Edward Raddohl; her parents; her brothers, Donavon, Doug and Roger; her sister, Loretta; three grandchildren, George, Joshua and Kimberly; and her step-daughter, Brenda.
There are too many words to describe Zelda; she is and will be greatly missed by all. She will be forever in our hearts.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by the memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham. Pastor Carl Noble will officiate. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.