In 1954 the family moved to Thief River Falls where Ernest worked at the creamery. Noella began work at the Rex Café the summer of 1957 for Jack Edmiston. Her intention was to work through that summer. When fall came, Jack went out searching for child care for the three preschoolers. Her neighbors on Dewey Avenue assisted Noella with child care, each on different days. When Mr. Edmiston sold the Rex to Ed Turrene, Noella taught Ed how to cook. Her famous last words at the restaurant were,” What goes into the garbage is the company profits!” When the kids were old enough to work, Noella and Ernest contracted with Falls Clinic for cleaning. Each night, after working their main jobs, the family met at the clinic to clean the rooms, empty trash, and polish the floors. And when Ernest and Noella’s “workforce” left home and moved on, they retired from that job. Noella retired from the restaurant, which had moved to Handy Farms, when she was 82 years old.
Noella’s Catholic faith was her guide and strength her entire life. Her vibrant faith enabled her to remain strong and steadfast when she cared for Ernest his last ten years of life. It was her determination that allowed her to purchase a car, color her hair, refuse any walking assistance and live alone for the past 17 years. Noella was a delight to be around, always accompanied with lots of conversation and laughter. She was a card shark who loved to beat her sons in cards. Noella continued to be a great cook, and was known for the best sour cream raisin pie in town. She spent many afternoons making bars or treats for happenings at St. Bernard’s Church. Many nights, Noella would be in her chair praying the rosary for relatives and friends. She had a strong devotion to Saint Anne, the mother of Mary, the Blessed Virgin. Noella especially was connected to the shrine Sainte Anne de Breaupre in Quebec Canada. She credited the shrine and Saint Anne for her ability to mother her eight children.
Noella is preceded in death by her husband Ernest, son Ronald and daughter Suzanne Krause, sons-in-law – Alan Krause, and Dennis Mattson, great grandchild William O’Hara III, her parents, two sisters – Bernice Valley, Marcella Leydecker, two brothers – Don Derosier and Herb Derosier.
Survivors are: Roy and Evelyn Delorme, Marlys Millner, Richard and Cindy Delorme, Margaret Mattson, Russ and Karen Delorme, Mike Delorme and partner Tom Weiland; 16 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; sister Darlene (Dory) Kazmierczak, many loving nieces and nephews.
May her memory be blessed.