Delores "Dee" Colleen Ranta - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

Delores “Dee” Colleen Ranta

July 12, 1929 - December 25, 2020

Delores Colleen Ranta, age 91, of Richfield. Preceded in death by Reino “Norm” Ranta. Survived by daughters, Pam (Colin) Nelson and Vicki (Curt) Remme; grandchildren, Reid and Brett Nelson; brother Ken Newham; nieces and nephews.

There will be a Zoom Celebration of Life 11:00 AM-12:00 PM on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Family and friends are invited to attend this virtual visitation and program.

Memorials preferred to Alzheimer’s Association.


  1. Pamela Nelson says:

    Her positive attitude and zest for life will be sorely missed. She lifted up the people around her.

  2. Colin Nelson says:

    I’m Colin Nelson, Dee’s son-in-law. I always appreciated her and Norm’s generosity with their lake cabin. They always invited my family to share it (and other relatives) anytime so that we had wonderful memories of the “cabin up north.” Especially, for my children who grew up with that experience. I’ll always be grateful.

  3. Kat Plotnikova says:

    Dee was a delightful and warm person who loved to share stories of her professional accomplishments and travels to Florida. She would often call any food she didn’t particularly enjoy ‘deeferent’. Dee loved cats and would often check in on our cat Louis as he was her ‘little angel’. Dee, you will be greatly missed. I am so glad I had the chance to meet you.

  4. Julia A Willard says:

    All people die, but not all people live. Dee lived her life in full!
    She loved her family unconditionally and was attached so deeply to each member of it.
    She was a loving, giving and caring person who was equally comfortable with all people, making friends easily by being positive and finding the best in others. As a strong woman with a big heart she was admired and adored. Dee was a remarkable adventurous soul, who loved to travel up to the point when she couldn’t do that anymore. She was inordinately interested in cats, they always loved her in return by making her joyful laugh. Dee loved the World, the Nature, the People, the Beauty and the Life itself. She loved a gardening and the fresh flowers. Red Roses were her favorite. Her beauty, charm, kindness and feminism touched so many people’s hearts.
    She will be always remembered and missed. Rest in peace Delightful Dee. You blessed so many with your love and kindness!!!

  5. Jeff Wozniak says:

    What an amazing woman! What an amazing life! I will never forget the DeeLightful woman I worked with at Colle & McVoy. So many wonderful memories. Rest in Peace, Dee! You will remain gentle in my heart and thoughts these days and always.

  6. Reid Nelson says:

    As one of her grandchildren, I loved being spoiled by her whenever we would visit. That never seemed to end after we were children, either. Grandma also always seemed unflappable, determined to make the best of any situation or news, and always promoting a positive and hopeful attitude towards the future. I will always recognize the imprint she made on me, will miss her very much, and am grateful for the time we had with her.

  7. Diane Mathiason (Donald Leslie) says:

    Sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. I am Don and Edna Leslie’s daughter and my dad wanted me to write and send his(and my) sympathy. My parents (Don and Edna) stood up for Norm and Dee in their wedding. They also visited them often in their southern winter homes and in Msp area. My family also enjoyed time at their cabin and my husband and I had a mini honeymoon there as our main honeymoon was several months later (I am married to a ND farmer). My mom passed in June 2017. My dad wants to send a picture of Dee and Norm’s wedding with them and I will try and find one of Dee’s daughters addresses. Anyways, sorry for your loss. Dee was such a sweet lady!

  8. Teresa (Nicholson) Small says:

    Unlike many of you, I knew Dee as Honey. I was fortunate to be able to see Honey and Norm often when I spent time with my grandparents (Ed & Inez Nicholson). My grandfather LOVED Honey’s pumpkin pie, and she would often make them for him. Although, she would never give away her secret ingredient.
    When I was younger, I thought it was so cool that Pam & Colin lived next door to my maternal grandparents!
    Honey had the best laugh! She was one of my dad’s (Dean Nicholson) favorite cousin’s!
    So sorry that I didn’t know of Honey’s passing. She will be dearly missed!

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