We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Helgeson Funeral Home - Roseau
Delores Irene Ladwig passed away on May 20, 2022 at the Warroad Senior Living Center at the age of 92.
A memorial service and celebration of Delores’s life is planned for Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Moe Lutheran Church in Roseau. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Walk to Remember, c/o Jill Wulff/Paula Peterson, 303B 9th Avenue SE, Roseau, MN 56751. Walk to Remember is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families in Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties.
Delores Ladwig was a selfless, dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. Her work on earth is now completed as Heaven gained a very special angel when Delores died peacefully on May 20, 2022.
Delores was born to Sarah and Otto Seydel on December 17, 1929 on the family farm in Stokes Township in rural Roseau County. Delores spent the majority of her school years in Badger until eventually re-locating to Roseau. In addition to homemaking and raising her family, Delores was employed at a variety of local businesses, including the Red Owl grocery store, the American Legion and the Roseau Electric Cooperative. Delores was never someone who sat still for long; she loved to work and embraced a variety of jobs and interests into her early 80’s.
Delores married David Rosenkrans on November 10, 1948 and together they had a son Jack in 1949. The family lived in Badger until David’s death in a mining accident in Biwabik, MN in 1953 where he was working at the time. Delores later married Kenneth ‘Bill’ Ladwig on November 12, 1955 and together, they had daughters Cindy in 1957 and Cathy in 1965 and made their home in Roseau.
Delores was a woman with endless talents and energy. During the prime of her life, she could be found in the kitchen in the early morning hours preparing home cooked meals from vegetables she grew in her thriving garden to her famous molasses bread, pies, flatbread and lefse, creamed peas, canned pickles and all of the culinary delights that tasted best around mom and grandma’s table. Delores’s energy and strength was always welcomed when she went deer hunting and worked right alongside the men when the butchering work needed to get done. Her greatest joy was entertaining and feeding others and without fail, she would be lovingly teased for the one dish she’d always forget to bring to the table at family gatherings.
Her zest for life was unmatched as she had a passion for creating music, dancing, playing the accordion and listening to her favorite Grand Ole Opry tunes. At the age most people enter into retirement and enjoy a slower pace of life, Delores was only getting started as she was touring and playing fun-filled gigs with her band, the Highway 11 Ramblers.
Her passions were numerous as Delores planted and nurtured meticulous, award-winning flower gardens and was a talented artist, creating silk floral arrangements for the weddings of family and friends. Her beautiful arrangements could even be found in local and regional retail stores for customers to purchase and enjoy. Delores especially loved hosting tea parties for her many friends, neighbors, and fellow Garden Club members.
In between her creative pursuits, maintaining her immaculate home, and caring for her family, Delores could be found waiting tables at the American Legion Club or cleaning at local businesses and the REA because she loved to be busy and interact with the community. She was tireless and never shied away from a hard day’s work or a challenge; instead she welcomed it with the joy and light she brought to all she accomplished.
Our mom and grandma had a sparkle and elegance that will never go dim. Her generous and loving spirit will live on in her surviving family members, including her number one son, Jack (Becky) Rosenkrans, daughters Cindy (Jeff) Goos and Cathy Ladwig; grandchildren David (Deb) Rosenkrans, Sarah (Bob) Meisinger, Tina (Billy) Whitnell and Sarina Goos; great-grandchildren Katie, Allie, Thomas, Alex, Garrett and Liam and sister Dorothy (Bruce) Chapman.
Delores was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Hulda (Huldie), Fredrick (Fritz), Margaret, Raymond, LeRoy and Arthur (Art), husbands David and Bill and great-grandson Matthew. We are imagining the celebratory (and loud) reunion in Heaven that only the Seydels can create.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the Warroad Senior Living staff for their exceptional and compassionate care for Delores during these past several years.