Dolores “Dolly” Reicks, age 87, died peacefully surrounded by family at Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, Iowa on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018, at Notre Dame Parish, Cresco, with Father Dennis Cain officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Cresco. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home Cresco, with scripture services to follow. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. before the service at the church on Friday.
Dolores M. “Dolly” Bakken was born to Henry and Gloria (Fretheim) Bakken on a farm south of Ridgeway. Growing up she was a member of Lincoln Church, where she was baptized and confirmed. On September 6, 1949, she was united in marriage to Nestor Reicks at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cresco. To this union five children were born: Jerry, Rick, Gwen, Ray, and Nancy. The couple farmed in the Granger area before buying a farm north of Cresco. While on the farm Dolly took pride in her farmhouse and yard. She enjoyed gardening and growing beautiful flower gardens. Nestor always told his kids that their mother never said no to anytime he asked her to help outside. She was so kind to her cats and dogs and they always were by her side! She was the best cook and meals were always on time! They lived on the farm until 2000, when they retired and moved in to Cresco. Over the years Dolly and Nestor loved to travel, and enjoyed wintering in Arizona with friends. Dolly was very active within the Cresco community and church committees at Notre Dame. One of Dolly’s talents was being a great hostess! She enjoyed planning and opening her home to friends and family with great gathering, always with the best meals and treats. Dolly was an avid card player and loved playing her entire life! In her free time Dolly liked to embroider, play bingo, go bowling, golfing and taking trips to the casino. Dolly loved to go dancing and going shopping. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren!
Dolly is survived by her husband of 68 years, Nestor; five children: Jerry (Wanda) Reicks of Lime Springs, Iowa, Rick (Betty) Reicks of Cresco, Iowa, Gwen (Doug) Christianson of Cresco, Iowa, Ray (Linnette) Reicks of Cresco, Iowa, and Nancy Reicks of Plano, Tex., four grandchildren: Scott Christianson, Jamie Reicks, Angie Fenske and Mandy Olsen; three stepgrandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Monica Reicks, of Cresco, and brother-in-law Denis Reicks, of Cresco.
She was preceded in death by three infant children, her parents, and her sisters and brothers: Lorraine Greenslade, Orvie Bakken, Lillie Sebastian, Roger Bakken, and Gladys Sullivan.