Ladonna Fay Wiederholt
September 19, 1934 – March 15, 2020
Ladonna Fay Wiederholt found peace on earth on March 15, 2020 at the age of 85.
Ladonna, the eldest daughter of Oscar Nellermoe and Judith Nordling Nellermoe, was born September 19, 1934 and spent her youth on a rural farm in Christine, North Dakota. She married Gerald Wiederholt of Eugene, Oregon in 1954 and together they lived in North Dakota, Texas, California and Connecticut where she worked as a bookkeeper while following Gerry’s career as a defense contractor. After retirement, they stayed in Connecticut until they were convinced to move to Colonial Williamsburg in 1990, allowing them to be closer to their daughter Vicki Ross, son-in-law Mark Ross, and two grandchildren Jason Ross and Lauren Ross. They would often visit California where their son Doug Wiederholt and daughter-in-law Esmeralda Wiederholt live, as well as her large extended family.
Upon retirement, Ladonna and Gerry traveled the country pulling a fifth wheel and cruising on their boat, usually accompanied with their beloved Himalayan cats Tika and Snow White. Numerous trips overseas rounded out their beautiful life together. Hobbies included bowling, bridge, ceramics and spoiling their grandchildren.
After Gerry’s death in 2002, Ladonna found love and companionship once again with widower Clifford Lillie. They lived and traveled together for 15 years, dividing their time between Florida and Williamsburg until his death in 2019.
Ladonna is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Judy Ennis, and Janice Anderson; brothers-in-laws, Blaine Fitzgerald, Wes Oxford, Tom Snodgrass, and Jerome Wiederholt; and niece, Morgan Wiederholt. She is survived by sisters, Sharon Snodgrass, and Kristi Fitzgerald; brothers-in-law, Ken Anderson and Vic Ennis all of California; and sister-in-law, Barbara Wiederholt of Duluth Georgia; and as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families in both California and Georgia.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday March 20, 2020 at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Williamsburg. Arrangements made by Nelsen Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.
- Graveside Service Friday, March 20, 2020
Ladonna Fay Wiederholt
March 19, 2020
Thank you, Grammy — thank you for all the wonderful memories we shared together.
Some of my earliest memories are of you taking care of me when I was a very little kid still living in Connecticut, and it was always a treat to visit you at least once every year when we lived in Virginia. You made the holidays absolutely magical, with your house and yard (and slugs and bugs) to explore, toys to play with, plenty of delicious food (especially your brunch dish and your incredible baked bean casserole, although the sugary cereals mom would never approve were runners-up), and lots of love. And Grampy's birthday was always celebrated in town with lots of fireworks.
Just a few memories: Together with you, I first paid for a haircut (10 years old, and tried to understand your explanation of why you pay people twice (the second time a "tip"). You taught me a thing or two about work when we when to Johnson Hardware together and you gave me the task of sticking hole reinforcers on papers in a binder — after I finished the few sheets in the first section, I was amazed that you wanted me to put them on all the pages!
And I'm so glad to have been able to spend time with you as an adult. After you moved to Williamsburg, we were nearly neighbors. And when I moved from California to Northern Virginia, every weekend trip to the area included just the two of us going out to breakfast, including going to CW on foot.
When we spoke by phone, you always wanted to check in on me and cared so much about my life and happiness.
Thank you for all your love. Although I miss you, I'm happy that you're at peace. I'm thinking of you, and I love you so very much.
March 18, 2020
Mark and Vicki, I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Just reading her obit it clearly describes a woman who lived life to the fullest. She was and will always be within you and your family. My love to you, Doug, Jason and Lauren.