Delores "Jean" (Wiss) Worker (1931 - 2015)

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  • "Jean and Dale were one of the last of the few old timers..."
    - Sherry Townsend Moore
  • "Will always remember the fun times with the Worker family..."
    - Diane Pozel Kavanagh
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Delores "Jean" Worker, 83, formerly of Fayette County, passed away on Oct. 7, 2015, in Burley, Idaho. Jean was ill for several months, and passed from complications of her illness. She and husband Dale of 65 years had recently moved from Klamath to Burley to be near their daughter Karla's extended family. Visits from family and friends brought Jean much joy during her final weeks.
Services were held at Ebenezer Congregational Church in Paul, Idaho, on Oct. 24, 2015. A memorial service is planned in Crescent City, Calif., next spring when her family and closest friends can attend.
Delores Jean Wiss was born to Xaver and Wilhelmina Wiss on Nov. 29, 1931, and was raised on the family farm in Vera. After high school, Jean met Dale Worker of Ramsey, and they were married on March 18, 1950. For a time, both were employed at Caterpillar Tractor in Peoria.
Jean loved life, and lived it to the fullest. She and Dale shared many adventures. In 1952, they traveled to Klamath to visit Dale's beloved aunt and uncle, Belva and Jesse Weaver. Coming from Illinois farm country, Klamath's site in the heart of the redwoods, near the Pacific Ocean, caused them to proclaim, "We've found God's country!" For 64 years, they built their lives, their house and their family in Klamath. Yet, their travels took them to every continent except Antarctica.
They hunted moose in British Columbia and caribou in Quebec. They fished the Klamath, the Kenai and the waters off Cabo San Lucas. They cruised the Nile and the Inside Passage to Alaska. They saw the great pyramids of Egypt, kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland and brought a boomerang home from Australia. They toured The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, New Zealand, and more, gathering friends along the way. Jean always said, "We've never met a stranger," and that was evidenced by the hundreds of Christmas cards she sent and received each year.
Jean sewed dresses from fabric she purchased after touring a silk factory in China. She won fishing derbies, painted and won a blue ribbon, and was proud to be a Mary Kay consultant. She looked forward to dinners with Dale's Masonic Lodge in Crescent City and lunches with the Chetco Shrine Club in Brookings.
Jean and Dale celebrated most occasions, including their 65th anniversary in March, dining on seafood upstairs at Ship Ashore while watching the sunset. This past Mother's Day found them dining on steak at the Steelhead Lodge with family and friends before departing the next morning on their last big adventure, a move to assisted living.
Jean is survived by her husband, Dale; sister, Dorothy Koehrer of Missouri; daughter, Karen Dimtroff and John of Washington state; son, Randy Worker and AeChong of Washington state; daughter, Kolleen Reeves of California; and daughter, Karla Jesse, Joe and great-granddaughter Kyah of Idaho. She is also survived by grandchildren Justin Reeves and Angela of New Mexico; Didi Green and James of Texas; Judy Monhollen, Paul, and children Jonathan and Annabeth of Hawaii; Rochelle Osterhout, Kevin and children Joey, Natalie and Lorelei of Idaho; Lorenza Jesse, fiancée Jayme Paulsen and children Kayden, Harper and Greysen, also of Idaho.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Xaver and Minnie Wiss; sisters, Annabelle Mitchell, Mildred Hoffman and Evelyn Whitehead; and brothers, Lawrence "Chick" Wiss, Harold Wiss, and Everett "Pete" Wiss. Her heart was broken when she was preceded in death by grandchildren Jonathan Dale Worker, in 2002, and Renee Jean Jesse, in 2010.
Published in The Leader-Union from Nov. 23 to Dec. 2, 2015