Delphine Audrey <I>Rekucki</I> Haley

Delphine Audrey Rekucki Haley

Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Death 4 Apr 2016 (aged 85)
Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot Sect R, Site 3080
Memorial ID 160698671 · View Source
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Delphine Audrey Rekucki (maiden) Haley (married), from Houston TX, waltzed into Heaven on Monday, April 4, 2016 around noon. She was born November 14, 1930, in Minneapolis, MN, making her 85 years young. She lived in Minneapolis MN, Washington DC, Pittsburgh PA, Schenectady NY, Salisbury MD, Houston TX, and in the hearts of all those who knew her.

She was married September 27, 1952 to her knight in shining armor, William (Bill) Frederick Haley Jr. of Willkes Barre PA, whom she met in Washington DC at a USO dance, while he was in the Army. Delphine and Bill had four treasured children: Jan (husband Manuel Pena), Bill (wife Caryn), Tom (wife Debbie), and Bob (Toy). She was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Jan - Nicolas (wife Haydee), Daniel and Andrew; Bill - Will and Christina; Tom - TJ (wife Miranda) and Shannon (husband Adam Burggraff); Bob - John Russell, Robert Tyler, and Madison. Delphine received a second sprinkling of little angels, 4 great grandhildren: T.J. - Victoria June; Shannon - twins Michael Thomas and Haley Jean; and Christina - Jordan William. Delphine and Bill attended every event and activity of their grandchildren. There were always Easter baskets, Trick or Treat bags and Christmas stockings overflowing.

Delphine was the youngest of 9 children: Katherine, Mary, Gladys, Agnes, Frank, Walter, Alexander (Chet) and Gerald. Her parents, Bartlomeij Rekucki and Mary Magdalena Chmura (maiden), were Polish immigrants who found out after they met that they had lived only four blocks away from each other in their small town in Poland before they came to Minneapolis. She is survived by her brother Chet, her husband, Bill, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and their children and grandchildren. She attended most of their weddings and sent baby gifts to most of the new Rekuckis. Family was very important to her.

She was a graduate of Edison High School in Minneapolis. While in High school, she was a member of the "Kats" a group of girls that have kept in contact and remained friends all these years. She is survived by 3 of the "Kats".

Delphine and Bill have been married for 63 devoted years. From their very first dance, they Fox Trotted their way through life. Bill was a pilot and they flew to many destinations. They cruised and they traveled with family and friends. On their 25th wedding anniversary their children gave them a gift trip to Cancun, Mexico. They enjoyed it so much, they bought a condo with plans on retiring there. They salsa-ed to Mexico often and added a new group of friends to their dance cards. Up until the last few months, Delphine and Bill kissed each other good night, every night.

Delphine cha-cha-ed her way through various organizations: the Catholic church, neighborhood groups, bridge groups, bowling teams, a ball room dancing group, golf partners, Spanish class, the country club, volunteer organizations, and school and scout groups. She never met a stranger. She made friends in all these organizations and where ever she went. She maintained these friendships throughout the years. She remembered and enjoyed all the friends of her children. She and Bill loved to entertain friends and family, and the last home they designed and lived in had a dance floor for jitterbugging. She cooked up all types of recipes, which her family covets to this day. She is well known for her Annual Christmas letter to family and friends.

Delphine was in a horseback riding accident in 1963. A horse reared up, she fell off, and the horse fell on her. She was in the hospital for 3 months in traction. She broke her leg, shattered a knee and severely injured her back. Neighbors and friends rallied around to take care of the kids, run errands and help her out at home. Her back injuries nagged her over the years but she seldom complained. She developed Alzheimer's in her later years but the disease never took away her long term memory or recognition of her husband and children.

When Bill started his own company, QOP, it was a family business and Delphine finally went back to work as Bill's office manager. It soon became clear who the real boss was. When Delphine found out Bill had spent money buying heavy machinery at the auction, she loudly chewed him out. Unfortunately for him, the office intercom was on and all the employees heard it. QOP was very successful, in part, because Delphine made sure he made wise spending decisions. Their marriage was successful because Delphine catered graciously to Bill's needs and most of his whims, giving them a wild and adventurous life together.

Delphine was an active volunteer. She was a member and President of the HESS women's club. She volunteered at the church coalition Food Bank. She volunteered at Meals on Wheels. She drove patients to their dr. appointments. She was so proud the day she turned in her candy stripped apron for an official volunteer uniform she earned at the hospital. She never turned down a cry for help. She was an active member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. When her granddaughter, Madison, was diagnosed with Leukemia, she organized and participated in prayer groups, which she attributed to Madison's remission. She led the song groups at Bible studies. On the last days of her life she asked, "LORD guide me", "LORD help me", LORD bless me. There is no doubt she waltzed her way to Heaven.

Delphine would like you all to know how much she loved you, how much she prayed for you, and how you made her life special. The big guy upstairs is getting a very remarkable woman who lived her life to the benefit of others. If this next journey is anything like her life, she is already busy making room for the rest of us.

DELPHINE A HALEY 11/14/1930 - 4/4/2016


Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation at 4 pm on Sunday, April 17, 2016 and the Funeral Service at 9 am on Monday, April 18, 2016, at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77038, 281-445-0050, next to the VA National Cemetery. Interment following.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Alzheimer's Association would be greatly appreciated. Contact them at or 1-800-272-3900.

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