Dolores June Kautz


Dolores June Kautz, 98, of Hayfield, MN, formerly of West Concord, MN passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, MN.

Dolores was born on October 18, 1924, to William and Isabel (Johnson) DeFlieger in Frankfort Township near Grand Meadow, MN. She attended school through 8th grade in Dexter and Elkton. The family later moved to West Concord where she met her husband, Armond Kautz. They were married on June 17, 1943, in Dodge Center, MN. Dolores and Armond farmed in rural West Concord until 1965, when they moved into West Concord. In addition to being a farmer’s wife and stay at home mom when they moved into town, she also worked for the local grocery store and was an aide at the nursing home/board and care facility in West Concord.

Dolores was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Dodge Center and their sister church Zion in West Concord until its closing. She was also involved in the ladies’ aid group at the church. Her faith was very important to her. She was a collector of purses, frogs, and solar bobble heads. She loved to snack on gummy worms and circus peanuts. She enjoyed playing bingo, word search books, and embroidery until she could no longer see well. She had a love of chickens and raised many on their farm over the years. Her and Armond enjoyed their Sunday drives together around the countryside.

Dolores is survived by her daughters, Carol Hoffman of Stewartville, MN and Cheryl (Brian) Ashelin of Kasson, MN; grandchildren, John (Tabitha) Hoffman, Mike (Christina) Hoffman, Linda (Matt) Deo, Amy (Rob) Rice, Mickey (Ashley) Ashelin, Breanna (Jesse) Reding; 13 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren with 2 more expected this year. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews including two very special nieces - Shirley (Kerry) Koestler and Karen (Jay) Deones who always made time to visit mom and keep her in their thoughts and prayers all these years. Their visits meant a lot to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Isabel DeFlieger; husband, Armond Kautz; brothers and sister-in-law’s, Donald and Arline DeFlieger and Richard and Betty DeFlieger; son-in-law, Marvin Hoffman; and great-grandson, Glenn VanSabben.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2023, at Grace Lutheran Church, 404 Central Ave N Dodge Center, MN. Reverend Elliott Malm officiated. A visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was in Concord Cemetery in Concord, MN.

To share a special memory or condolence, please visit, Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 801 7th Street SE, Kasson, MN 55944 (507)634-6510. Blessed be her memory.