Dolores Deran Dwelle of Darien, CT passed away on February 21, 2017 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 88.

Born in 1928, Dolores was raised in Darien as the middle child of the five children of Leon and Elizabeth Deran. Dolores attended Darien High School (class of 1946) and worked in her father’s photography business.

In 1955, she married Edwin (Ned) R. Dwelle, a WWII Flying Tiger veteran and Princeton University graduate who worked as an executive for the Monsanto Company Textiles Division in New York City. Dolores and Ned settled in West Norwalk and there raised five children.

Dolores took great pride in her husband, in her children, in her home, and in her role as a homemaker. She was an avid gardener, excellent cook, and a generous entertainer. She loved sitting at the beach, shopping for antiques, knitting and needlepointing, and solving the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. Dolores was adventurous and fun and loved travel and being outdoors. She always had her camera handy, and delighted in taking photos of her family.

Dolores moved to Fairfield in the mid-1990s and lived there for 19 years. She was a devoted volunteer at Norwalk Hospital for 16 years, where she sat as Chair of the Babies Alumni program on Norwalk Hospital’s Volunteer Board, worked with the Pet Therapy Program, and delivered flowers. Dolores was presented a 2000 Hour service pin by the hospital shortly before her retirement in 2015.

Dolores is predeceased by her husband, Edwin R. Dwelle II, her son, Paul D. Dwelle, her brother Lt. Leon Deran, sisters Jean D. Montaperto and Lucille D. Smith, and sister-in-law Elizabeth D. Halliday. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Joseph Kilbourn, and her children, David and Joan Dwelle, Melinda and Mark Vallerie, Susan and Todd Maziar, Edwin and Cynthia Dwelle, and Lisa Dwelle. She is also survived by her eleven grandchildren, Scott and Craig Dwelle, Christopher and Michael Vallerie, Nathan and Joseph Maziar, Matthew and Emily Dwelle, and Justin, Jessica and Jack Dwelle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Norwalk Hospital Babies Alumni, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856.

— by the Family