Delores Elizabeth Quinn
Loving mother and grandmother, prayer warrior
Delores Quinn died on September 6, 2014 in Claremont, just two months shy of her 92nd birthday. A loving wife, mother of four children, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 13, she lived a life filled with family, friends and her strong faith.
She was born to John and Caroline Proehl on November 30, 1922 in Fernando, Minnesota. The middle of three children, young Delores spent her early years helping on the family farm. After graduating high school, she moved to Buffalo Lake where she cared for her great aunt and began her first job at the Buffalo Lake Bank.
While working for the bank, she began a pen pal correspondence with a friend’s cousin, a soldier fighting in the war. After three years communicating only through letters, Delores and L. Bernard Quinn met face-to-face for the first time in late September, got engaged in October and married in November in Minnesota. They enjoyed 62 years together as husband and wife.
The newlywed couple left the Midwest for California and lived in South Gate, Bernard’s hometown. They later moved to Bellflower, where they raised their four children and became active members of their church and local community. Mrs. Quinn was a dedicated Christian all her life, teaching Sunday school, leading Bible studies and presiding as president of her local Christian Women’s Club. She was affectionately known by family and friends as a “Prayer Warrior,” a role she was dedicated to and of which she was extremely proud.
In 1978, the Quinns retired in Squaw Valley, California, where they built their own house and resided for 20 years. Visits to their Squaw Valley home are a cherished memory for all those lucky enough to have vacationed there. Friends and family considered their home “like a bed and breakfast” and fondly remember Delores’ freshly baked bread, sweet smile and warm hospitality.
In 2000, they moved to Leisure World in Seal Beach to live closer to family, which now included a growing list of great-grandchildren. Bernard died in 2007 and in 2011, Mrs. Quinn moved to Claremont where she lived close to her daughter Carolyn and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At the time of her death, Delores was a resident of Claremont Manor and a member of Baseline Community Church.
She is survived by her sister Lorraine Grabow, her two sons Barry Quinn and Tom Quinn (Phyllis) and her daughters Carolyn Zitar (Fred) and Joy Shopfner (Dave). She also leaves her 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members and friends.