Delia Eastwold
Delia Eastwold
Delia Eastwold, a resident at Ostrander Care & Rehab since mid-July 2012, plans to return to Wildwood Grove in LeRoy following her recuperation. She is our Resident of the Week.

Delia was born in Beaver Township, Fillmore County, May 15, 1914, as Delia Matilda Lawson to parents Alice and Herbert Lawson. As the youngest of five children, she had two brothers, Tom and Lawrence, and two sisters, Ruth and Florence, all deceased except Delia.

She was baptized in 1928 in the Methodist church in Chester, Iowa, later being confirmed in the same church. In 1933 Delia graduated from Spring Valley High School, delivering the graduation address.

Following high school, she assisted her mother at home in raising the three children of her sister Florence, who had suffered an untimely early death. Later, on June 1, 1934, Delia and Lloyd Eastwold were united in marriage at the Ostrander Lutheran Church parsonage. Over the years her husband Lloyd spoke of having borrowed $100 to get married and start a new home. They raised five children: Mary Hanson, Eric Eastwold, Paul Eastwold, Florcnce Lindstrom and Alice Dahl.

The family moved to a farm along what was then State Highway 44 (now Fillmore County 44). The couple farmed all of their lives, Delia always growing a large garden and strawberry patch. She also raised chickens and purchased many groceries and other items with her "egg money."

Delia and Lloyd lived on that farm until 1996, when Lloyd died. She stayed on the farmstead until 2004, when she moved to Wildwood Grove in LeRoy, continuing today to maintain her residence there. Her son, Paul, and his wife, Jacque, built a new house on the farmstead.

Delia's children can recall her cousin, Floyd, of Bayfield, Wis., coming to visit the Eastwold family annually, staying for several weeks, visiting and playing cards late into the night.

Delia loved to bake and cook, her family touting "that she made the best cinnamon rolls." She also made many quilts for missions through the Lutheran church in Chester, Iowa, also serving as the WELCA president for many years.