Dolores Emily Sharadin

August 8, 1924February 13, 2021

Dolores Emily Sharadin died peacefully on February 13, 2021 at the age of 96, in Portland, Oregon. She had been recently living at an Adult Care Home. She was surrounded by her daughter Georgina, son-in-law Ken Sievers and granddaughter, Karen Sandor.

Dolores was born on August 8, 1924 in Hillsboro, North Dakota to Mildred and Carl Beltz. She was the eldest of 5 children. She was baptized on August 11, 1924 and confirmed on July 16, 1939 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, North Dakota. Dolores was an excellent student and graduated from Hillsboro High School in May 1941. During her 4 years of high school, she sang in Chorus and participated in the Glee Club. Dolores also served as the editor of the school newspaper her senior year. After her graduation she took a year off to work before heading off to Chicago to attend Concordia College River Forest, Illinois, receiving a three-year Teaching Certificate in 1945. In 1969 Dolores returned to Concordia College River Forest, to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Dolores’ family lived and tended a farm near Hillsboro, North Dakota before moving to Spokane, Washington in the summer of 1945. As the oldest child, Dolores showed herself to be responsible, caring, persevering, hardworking, sweet, and kind, traits that followed her all her life.

After her college graduation in 1945, Dolores accepted a call to serve as a primary grade teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Portland, Oregon. She began her teaching career with 35 first graders! She taught at Trinity Lutheran School from 1945-48. From 1953-54 Dolores served as the teacher in a one room school, grades 1-8 at St. John’s Lutheran School in Vancouver, Washington. She returned to Trinity, her home congregation, teaching at the school in the early elementary department from 1958-61, 1963-68, 1970-84, and 1993-94, the last time as Interim Principal. In 1983 Dolores received the Lux Christi Award from Concordia University, Portland, which recognizes an outstanding Lutheran educator who has served with distinction.

Dolores married the love of her life, Donald (Don) Sharadin on May 14, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Portland, Oregon and they were together for 52 years before Don passed away in December 2001. In December 1951 they moved into their home, built by Don, which still remains in the family. Don was from Pennsylvania and had served in the Navy. He introduced Dolores to traveling the country and the world, beginning with their honeymoon to Mexico. He taught her to drive and then encouraged her with confidence to drive by herself with 5 little girls from Portland to Pennsylvania in 1960, before he flew out to join the family and drive them home. Numerous trips followed throughout the years. Her last trips were to Arizona and then to Colorado the summer of 2019. Devotion to family and friends was an integral part of their lives. Within a six-year period, they were blessed with five daughters- Kathryn, Ruth, Georgina, Roberta and Susan. Needless to say – a very busy household!

Dolores and Don were strongly committed members of Trinity Lutheran Church serving in many capacities, as well as singing in the choir. Dolores loved the Lord and greatly enjoyed her women’s Bible Study group. They both volunteered tirelessly at Trinity and on the local and regional levels of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and were strong supporters of Concordia University, Portland.

Dolores was predeceased by her husband Don, her parents Mildred and Carl Beltz, her brother Ted Beltz, and two sisters – Eileen Funk and Marjorie Rizzuto. She is survived by sister – Phyllis Berger; daughters Kathryn (Chuck) Gerken, Scottsdale, AZ; Ruth (Ken) Rohrer, Lakeland, FL; Georgina (Ken) Sievers, Portland, OR; Roberta Beck, Kimberly, ID; and Susan (Stephen) Winkler, Littleton, CO. She is also survived by her 15 loving grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Gifts in memory of Dolores Sharadin may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church and School – Scholarship Endowment Fund. Sharadin Memorial Address: 5520 NE Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97218

Dolores’s Confirmation Verse is from II Timothy 3:14-15 “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

A true and fitting witness to the life of Dolores Emily Sharadin. She will be forever remembered and cherished with great love and fondness.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Sharadin family.


27 March

A Celebration of Life Service

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Trinity Lutheran Church

5520 NE Killingsworth St,
Portland, OR 97218


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Pat Kunert

February 26, 2021

I came out to Portland, Or in 1969. I was given a call to teach 2nd grade at Trinity Lutheran School. Dolores was teaching both 1st and 2nd at the time, but there were too many students, so I was offered the job. There was a big room downstairs in the basement and we divided the room with a very heavy gray curtain. As this was my first year of teaching, Dolores became my mentor. Her one piece of advice that carried me through my career was: "On you first day of school, you need to be loving but firm. If you don't start out firm, you will always be trying to get there. When you start firm, you can always lessen that firmness. She was right.
Also, she and her husband Don lived across the street from us by Concordia. Don worked for the phone company and he would "test the lines" once a month to my parents phone number so that I could talk with them for free. They were wonderful, caring, Christian people, leaving an impact on all those they came in contact with.

Georgina Sievers

February 26, 2021

"I love you, a bushel and a peck!" Mom would sing this song whenever we said goodbye. This picture was taken 1 week before she passed away.

John Collins

February 26, 2021

Being a member since 1971 and having my son Ron in her second grade glass years ago. Who went on to become a senior engineer for Boeing. When I told him of her passing he remembers his days in her class. With her gentle way of teaching.

Helen Ahlschwede

February 19, 2021

Our family moved to Oregon in 1967 and I'll always remember the thoughtfulness of your Mom Delores inviting our family over for dinner when we moved into our new home on 31st. It was a joy to have our families grow up and attend Trinity church and school together. She was a blessing and will be missed. My prayers are with the family.
Love, Helen

Phyllis Oekerman Jelley

February 18, 2021

Dolores Sharadin will forever be lovingly remembered. She will be missed by many, but how wonderful to know that she is now reunited with Don in heaven. I was one of her first and second grade students at Trinity Lutheran School on Rodney and Ivy in Portland. Many good memories! Condolences to the family.

Sharon Willweber

February 18, 2021

We rejoice our dear Mrs. Sharadin is in heaven.

We will miss her but the memories of her will stay with us forever.
We thank God for her.
God bless. From Sharon Brandt Willweber