Delores (Dolly) M. Zitur


Dolores (Dolly) Zitur passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, August 3, at her home in Brainerd. She was born in St. Cloud to C. Art and Minnie Swanson, their only child. Dolly married her neighbor, Donald Charles Zitur, Sr. and together raised three children, Sandra Lee (Wayne) Nimmo, Sheryl Lynn (Scott) Nygaard, and Donald Charles (Irene) Zitur, Jr. They moved to Brainerd in August 1970 into the commercial building on Hwy 371 they built together. Dolly and her husband owned the Artcraft Company until he retired at age 85. Dolly was active in the Women of the Moose at all degrees: Academy of Friendship, College of Regents, and Star Recorder. Dolly was also active in the American Legion Auxiliary #255, serving as secretary and then being elected as President. She served one year as Executive Committee member, first Vice, and was then elected President of the Sixth District, where she worked on many programs at the Department level. She served two terms as Chairman of the ALA Minnesota Girls’ State, two years as Educational Director, two years on the Ex. Board and the rest of the time as Counselor. Dolly served at President of the Nisswa Women’s Club and loved modeling at their fashion show to raise money for the Scholarship Fund. She also enjoyed dancing with her friends in Geritol Frolics. Dolly was a lifelong bowler and attended the National WIBC Bowling Tournaments for 28 years. She served at president of the group for many years until her retirement. Dolly was blessed with twelve grandchildren: Justin (Evelyne) Nimmo, Tamie (Jon) Barber, Matthew (Stephanie) Nygaard, Nicholas (Kaitlyn) Nygaard, Jonathan Nygaard, Aaron (Tori) Nygaard, Halle Nygaard, Michael Zitur, Teresa (Kyle) Thiery, Terence (Jenny) Zitur, Donald Charles Zitur III, and Sueann (Leroy) Shepherd. She has 20 great grandchildren: Jacob and Ryker Nimmo, Ashley and Erich Barber, Emilie, Callie, and Natalie Nygaard, Blake Zitur and Grace Zitur, Kylee, Kaleb and Amelia Thiery, Lily and Everly Zitur, Danika Zitur, Sophie Grunst, Jasmynn Williams, LeiLand and Jameson Shepherd, and Baby (yet to be named) Nygaard. Dolly thanked God daily for her lovely family. Preceding her in death was her mom and dad and her husband. A funeral service for Dolly will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, August 12th, 2022 at the Halvorson-Taylor Life Events Center, 512 S. 8th Street, in Brainerd. Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. Caring for Dolly and her family, Halvorson Taylor Funeral Home in Brainerd.

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