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Delora "Noke" Stickelman

June 11, 1952 — January 4, 2023

Delora "Noke" Stickelman, 70, of North Platte, Nebraska, took the journey with Our Father who art in heaven, January 4, 2023 at Great Plains Health surrounded by her family.

She was born June 11, 1952 in Gothenburg, NE, daughter of Nobel and Maxine Connelly. She grew up south of Brady on the Connelly family farm by the river where she enjoyed riding horses and farming. She graduated from Brady High School and started truck driving for area hay mills.  Delora married Harry Stickelman and together they had three children: Wesley, Tonya, and Patrick. Delora lived on the farm off and on throughout her life, helping care for her parents alongside her brothers and sister.  She also worked in local cafes in Gothenburg and at the Hitchin' Post in Brady.  She drove a water truck on a road construction crew in Denver.  She received a cosmetology degree and worked at Leita's in North Platte and then at Walmart where she loved socializing with the many people she knew and encountered.  There wasn't anything she couldn't do with her never give up determination.  She loved passionately and her strong and cool personality made it easy to come to her for advice like "Don't get caught!" She would look at you with those beautiful blue eyes and give reassurance that "everything will be ok, it always is." and it always was.

Delora enjoyed barrel racing, getting dressed to the 9's and dancing in high heels, attending concerts, taking her nieces and nephews swimming at Jeffrey Lake, doing embroidery work, and planting flowers. She always was ready for an afternoon motorcycle ride, or heading out to shoot guns, or play pool.  She loved 'Gus' in the movie Lonesome Dove and would often reference "By God Woodrow; it's been one hell of a party" The river was her favorite place in the world alongside spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include son, Wesley Stickelman of North Platte, daughter, Tonya (Mitch) Fagan of North Platte, NE; son, Patrick Stickelman of North Platte, NE; grandchildren, Tanner Ostrander, Sarah Stickelman, Bentley Stickelman, Berklin Stickelman, step grandchildren, Victor, Darren, Renae, and Cameron Fagan; brothers, Dean (Twyla) Connelly of Brady, and Don (Starlette) Connelly of Big Springs; sister, Delores (Joe) May of Brady, lifelong friends Deb Owens and Rene Barner of Brady, along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Delora was preceded in death by her parents Nobel and Maxine, brother David Connelly, sister-in-law Linda Connelly, boyfriend Sonny Edmonds, friend Nadine Burnett.

Celebration Of Life will be held Saturday, June 10, 2023, 3:00 pm, -5:00 pm, Old Depot Vineyard & Winery, 33651 E. Banner Rd, Brady, NE.

Memorials may be given to the family to be determined later.

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