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Delores M. Long, 82

Delores M. Long, 82, Virginia, Minn., passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at her residence.
Delores Mae Long was born Nov. 7, 1935 in Gatzke, Minn., to Erwin and Emma (Johnson) Heaton, the youngest of four children and was a twin. She attended school in Gatzke until she was 12 at which time she moved to Thief River Falls and graduated high school at the age of 17. She worked numerous jobs in a wide range of occupations, tending to work at least two jobs at a time.
Delores liked coffee, dancing, softball and baseball, laughing, reading, and spending time with family. She was a spirited person and an independent woman who enjoyed adventures, flea markets, buying and selling on Ebay.
She is survived by her children, Debra Ranum, Janet Koskela, Maureen (Rodney Cameron) Ranum, Charlotte Rolling, Paula Ranum and Robert (Jenny) Long; 19 grandchildren, 15.5 great-grandchildren, sister, Elaine Wardwell; and twin brother, Dale Heaton; along with numerous nieces, nephews, many friends and loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Emma; brother, Wallace Heaton; sons-in-law, Robert Koskela and William Weese; brother-in-law, Wilson Wardwell; and sister-in-law, Patricia Heaton
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 11 a.m., at Range Funeral Home, Virginia,  with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit

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