Delores Wallace

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Delores Mae Wallace, 68, of Bozeman, Montana, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on June 6, 2018, after a nine-year battle with melanoma.

Delores was born on April 2, 1950, in Bad Konig, Germany, to parents Samuel Wallace and Marie Falkenstein. She moved with her family to the United States in 1960, where she lived in Center, Ohio, with her mother, brother Ted, and two sisters Rita and Gloria. The family later moved to New Concord, Ohio, where her halfbrother, Eric, was born. Delores often told childhood stories of exploring Ohio’s woods and caves with her siblings, friends, and their faithful collie dog, Flippy. She graduated from John Glenn High School in 1968 and attended Kent State University and Muskingum College. Delores lived in Columbus, Ohio, for several years and crisscrossed the United States during summer road trips before planting her roots in Dillon, Montana, in 1978. Shortly after settling in Dillon, she adopted a puppy named Cody who would be her loyal companion for many years. Delores met and eventually married Tim Mosolf in 1980, and they had two children together, Jesse and Christina Mosolf. In Dillon, Delores worked for several businesses and organizations including Chance Inc., Stitch-n-Time, Bannack State Park, and Throckmorton’s Hallmark. In 2003, Delores moved to Bozeman, Montana, where she resided until her death. She was employed by the Montana State University Bookstore until March 2018.

Delores was fearless and welcomed adventure. She loved the outdoors and often took her friends and family cross-country skiing, hiking and camping in the Montana backcountry. In particular, she loved to ski around Elkhorn Hot Springs and hike at Minneopa, Sawtooth, and the Gorge lakes in the Pioneer Mountains. While she lived in Bozeman, she enjoyed hiking in Yellowstone Park with her friends, family and colleagues from the bookstore. Delores was a member of the Dillon garden club for several years and grew a huge garden every year to feed her family. She was also a talented seamstress and crafter. Several of her childhood projects won 4-H awards at the local fair and later in life, she took pride making clothes for her children. Christmas was her favorite time of year and she always decorated, baked, and gifted in ways that ensured it was celebrated to the fullest. Delores loved animals and took good care of all the family pets, including Hannah her faithful Aussie. She was a huge fan of the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, she loved the ocean, the color turquoise and mermaids. Her laugh was infectious, and she had a witty midwestern sense of humor. She was well loved by everyone who met her. Delores was an amazing friend, sister and daughter, but most importantly she was a loving, proud, and protective mother to her two children who will never forget all the amazing things she did for them. Delores recently became a doting grandmother, a role she executed perfectly and had been anticipating for a very long time.

Delores is survived by her daughter, Christina Mosolf of Bozeman, MT; son Dr. Jesse Mosolf; daughter-in-law Dr. Kristina Okonski; and granddaughter Molly Mae, of Butte, MT; brother Theodore Wallace of Bozeman, MT; sister Rita Rice of Wadsworth, OH; sister Gloria Gilbert of Santa Rosa, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Carl Eric Frame; and brothersin-law Danny A. Rice and Michael Gilbert.

Delores did not wish to have a memorial, so at this time no services are planned. The family request donations be made to your local animal shelter in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.