Deloris Arlene Schaffer

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November 17, 1933 ~ July 8, 2020

Deloris Schaffer, 86, Inver Grove Heights, MN, formerly Brandon, SD and Huron, SD, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at her home after a prolonged illness, with her family around her.

Visitation with family present, will be 5-7pm, Friday, July 17, 2020, at the American Lutheran Church, Huron, SD. Private family funeral services will be held at 10am, Saturday, July 18, followed by burial in Rest Lawn Cemetery, Huron, SD. Saturday’s 10:00am Service will be Live Streamed. Go to – then scroll toward the bottom of the page until you see the “watch here” Facebook Link. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Our Lady of Peace Hospice, 2076 St. Anthony Way, St. Paul, MN.  55104

Deloris Arlene Teveldal was born November 17, 1933, in Alpena, SD, to Peter and Ida (Pederson) Teveldal.  She was the 8th child of ten.  Deloris attended rural school through 8th grade and later, graduated from Alpena High School. She grew up on the farm milking cows and working on everything in general. Deloris had lots of fun with her brothers, sisters, and cousins!

We all lived close to our Grandma and Grandpa Pederson and they were fun and very nice.

Our Grandma always had “Cracker Jacks” for us that was really a treat and Grandpa pulled our teeth. It was “hard times” I’m sure, raising a family of 10 children.  Maybe bare feet in the summertime but always new shoes for school and church always and then went with friends for dinner at their house or invited friends to our house.  Chicken dinner always!! Our Sunday night Youth Group was sometimes at Grandma’s house because it was BIG and we would play games and devotions.  Otherwise, we went to the country church. We had a big choir and I loved that!!

High School at Alpena, sang in the girl’s chorus and mixed chorus.  Made first chair in the clarinet group!  Taught myself how to play piano.  “Honky Tonk” was we called it at a young age!!

As a Sophomore in Alpena High School, had a crush on this senior boy which turned out to be my best friend and husband forever.  I probably worked at every small restaurant in Alpena for probably .25 cents to .50 cents an hour, at the most.

From working at cafes, I was married one year after graduation to Al Schaffer.  Al went away to Germany for 18 months and I kept busy being a “Hired Girl” which today is called a “Nanny.”  Wages were $17.00 per week. 24-7 – crazy! Today, they get $17.00 per hour!!  I was living with young families bringing home a new baby with a possible 1 or 2 already at home!  I called it “training” for the future.  I also lived with my mom’s aunt and uncle and I was a caregiver and Al was still in Germany.  When he returned, we went house shopping in Huron and found a small apartment for $47.00 per month!! That was one of Al’s weekly paychecks.  9 months later comes baby #1; two years later #2. Two more years later, #3 and 9 more years later #4.  Still no girls, but all said and done I would not have it any other way.  I was a stay at home mom and we eventually moved to a farm.  We had a few cows, chickens, and a great place to raise the boys!  The boys went to the country school.  Eventually, we got moved to Minnesota with Al’s job.  So, the boys were in a city school now!!  Also, this mama now had to go find a job. 

My first job was as a maid at a motel down the road. Next, a seamstress at Men’s Coat Factory, then as a factory assembler at Lindsay Water Softener and in Shipping and Receiving at Lindsay Water Softener.

Then, we got moved down to Sioux Falls and left the 3 older boys in the cities and took Scott who was a 7th grader along.  Again, I took to sewing and had a workroom at home.  I sewed window décor for a couple stores in Sioux Falls. 

Al retired and we went back to Huron where this all started! In the meantime, Dave and Lori sent us on our first trip to Norway.  It was a dream come true to be at my father’s home place.  It was still there!  Beautiful! 

Again, I went to work as a caregiver for older people and did some housekeeping.  We had 10 years in Huron and then cancer took control with Al.  That took its toll in one year’s time!  Since then, life has been lonesome.  I am thankful for my boys, their families, and friends! 

Deloris will be deeply missed by her four sons,  Douglas (Delores) Schaffer, IGH, MN, David (Lori) Schaffer, IGH, MN, Dick (Mary) Schaffer, IGH, MN, and Scott (Beth) Schaffer, Brandon, SD; eight grandchildren, Jake (Danyell) Lundell, Angie (Bob) Butterbrodt, Ryan (Maria) Schaffer, Ellie Schaffer, Linde Schaffer, Amy Schaffer, Kylie Schaffer, and AJ Schaffer; and four great-grandchildren, Marlo, Lucy, Bryor, and Parker; siblings, Olaf and Ivan Teveldal; and sisters-in-law, Luella Teveldal, Maxine Mastin, and Connie Crandall.  

Deloris was preceded in death by her husband, Allen; parents, Peter and Ida Teveldal; seven siblings, Lloyd (Aggie) Teveldal, Leonard Teveldal, Pearl (Dick) Krog, Leona (Russell) Hansen, Edna (Harold) Brandenburg, Verna (Leo) Koerner, and Lila (Max) Kludt; and sisters-in-law, Glenda and Liz Teveldal, Arlene Hotchkiss, Liz Schaffer, Carol Schaffer; brothers-in-law Leonard, LeRoy, Arnold, Vernon, Lloyd Schaffer (in infancy), Gerald Hotchkiss, and Elby Crandall; two nieces, Arla Brenneman and Dawn Woodward; two nephews, Timmy Koerner and Bruce Teveldal; one great-nephew, TJ Teveldal; one great-niece, Jacobi Goodell.

A very special “THANK YOU” to Dick and Mary Schaffer who have provided amazing care at their home, for our Mother, over the last year and a half.

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  • Karen (Scherschligt) Harrington says:

    Hello, Schaffer family – please know that my thoughts and prayers are will you all. Your mom was one-in-a-million! She was so much fun and was so nice to everyone! A mother holds our hand while here on earth; she holds our hearts forever! You now have an extra angel to look over you! Tim and Karen(Scherschligt)Harrington

  • Aunt De was such an amazing woman. I was so in awe of her. She lit up the room with love and laughter the minute she walked through the door. You never knew what was going to take place but you definitely knew something would and it would always be entertaining and a memory you would hold forever! As heartbreaking it is knowing that I will no longer see that smile, I think of the reunion she is having with those that have gone before her and think boy that must be a whale of party. I love you Aunt De and thank you for so many special memories. You will be missed a tom but forever in my heart.


  • jan losinger-binger says:

    Dee was a wonderful friend! I have great memories of her, Al and family.

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