Deloris Jean Wolbrueck, of Taylor, entered peacefully into her eternal rest Jan. 4, 2021, at a Bartlett nursing home where she had resided for more than a year. She was 87.
She was born Deloris Jean Simcik to John A. and Emma Kotrla Simcik May 25, 1933, at the family home in the shadow of what is now Christ Lutheran Church in Noack. Deloris stated that she was the only one of her siblings not born in a hospital.
As a child, she attended school in Hare. She married Edward Wolbrueck Jr. on Valentine’s Day 1953, and that union lasted almost 59 years until Edward’s death in 2012. To that union were born James Edward, David John and Susan Jean.
Like many women of her generation, Deloris was a master of the domestic arts, including housecleaning, canning, cooking, baking and gardening. However, having grown up with four brothers, she adamantly refused to iron blue jeans.
She was quite proud of her Czech heritage and could still speak the language. She was a member of the Beyersville S.P.J.S.T. #48 since 1949. She liked polka music, especially the Vrazel’s Polka Band.
While no one in the family can recall Deloris reading a book in its entirety, she was a voracious reader of magazines, newspapers and the ticker on television news — a habit that greatly advanced her knowledge. Her collection of cookbooks is voluminous.
On rides through the country, she could also recall every farm’s owner when she was younger.
Deloris’ baking and gardening skills brought her countless awards at events such as the Taylor Independence Festival, the Williamson and Bell County Pecan Show and the Austin Statesman’s annual cooking and baking contest. The family will always fondly remember her dill pickles and cottage cheese pie.
She was equally talented in the greenhouse, where she never met a plant she couldn’t make grow and flourish. She also had an unrivaled fondness for preserving everything in plastic bags and the prodigious use of weed killer.
Deloris and Edward were avid garage sale and auction-goers for decades. It was Deloris who claimed to be the inspiration behind Taylor’s first-ever garage sale.
An acquaintance recently described her as “feisty;” a description that leaves little room for argument.
Deloris was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edward; brothers, Raymond (killed in action in World War II), Clarence, Rubin and Jerry.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, James and Sandra Wolbrueck of Humble, David and Anna Wolbrueck of Round Rock, and Susan and Eddie Klingman of Manitou Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Kristel, Andrew (Emma) and Cody Wolbrueck; and Devon and Lila Klingman; and great-grandchildren, Zane, Victoria and Tobias Wolbrueck. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, John Wolbrueck; sister-in-law Cherri Wolbrueck; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family’s special thanks are extended to the staff of Will O’Bell Nursing Home in Bartlett, which provided unmatched compassionate care in these most extraordinary of times. A private memorial service for Deloris will be held at a later date.
Services under the direction of Providence Funeral Home.