Delores M. Wilson, age 85 years, of Clintonville, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at Lakeview Manor in Weyauwega. The former Delores Mabel Hanson was born July 27, 1925, in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin, to Herbert and Mabel (Timmel) Hanson. She lived her early years in Townsend, Green Bay and the Town of Matteson. On May 28, 1943 she graduated Valedictorian from Clintonville High School. After graduating, Delores worked at FWD Corp. in Clintonville until she married her first true love John J. Wilson on August 7, 1943 at Zion Lutheran Church, Embarrass. They built their home on County Y in the Town of Matteson and their union was blessed with five children. She was an ideal wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother since her every thought was of her family and home. She enjoyed her flower & vegetable gardens, canning fruit & vegetables for her family, sewing clothes for her children & grandchildren, traveling with her family, and she treated each of the grandchildren with a homemade birthday cake. Delores liked having a big family get together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. After the children had grown up she and her husband would go fishing, but most of all she just loved spending time with him. Later after her husband retired, they would go fishing and camping with their son David and their two youngest grandchildren, Kristine (Wilson) Gillette and Thomas Wilson. The couple loved playing the Bull Frog Game with the grandchildren. Delores always had a special treat when her great grandchildren would come over; she always had small candy bars for them. She was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was active in various Bible Study Groups and the Homemaker’s Neighborhood Club. When her husband passed away on January 10, 1985, she knew that someday they would be together again. Until then she kept busy taking care of her son, David, and working in her flower garden, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were all very important to her. Delores always said to her children & grandchildren, “never forget your family, take care of each other and always be there for each other”. Family is a very special word is the main lesson that she taught her great-grandchildren. Delores became ill with Alzheimer’s Disease and could no longer stay at home, so in 1999 she settled at Lakeview Manor. The family could see her slipping further away from them and closer to her heavenly home. With the help of the staff at Lakeview Manor, her daughter Judy, and son Mike, they made sure she was comfortable and happy. The family watched their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother slip away. Today she is reunited with her first and only true love, to start a new life together. Survivors include five children; Judy Samz-Nelson (Jim) of Shiocton, John “Jack” (Susie) Wilson of Clintonville, Mary (Dale) Finger of New London, David Wilson of Waupaca, and Michael (Patricia) Wilson of Clintonville. There are 11 grandchildren; John Samz, Robert Samz, Ann Schafer, Melissa Griffin, John P. Wilson, Jennifer Wilson, Lorry Hoier, Lisa Reffler, Patricia Hansen, Kristine Gillette, and Thomas Wilson. She is further survived by 28 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, a sister, Adeline Salzman of Clintonville, a special cousin, Shirley Wilson of Madison, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. Delores was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, Herbert Hanson & Mabel Mathison, her step-father, Elmer Mathison, two grandchildren, Christina Finger & Michael John Wilson, three brothers, Everett, Delbert & Merlin Hanson, father & mother-in-law, John & Christina Wilson, and a sister-in-law, Margaret Wilson. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 16th at 1:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Embarrass. Rev. Todd Jerabek will officiate and burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, October 15th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, and on Saturday from 12 noon until time of service at the church. Online condolences may be sent via www.beil-didier.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.