Delores Leonhardt

March 1, 1932 ~ January 9, 2021 (age 88)


Delores Leonhardt, 88, entered heavens gates on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol.

Delores Beverly (Shannon) Leonhardt was born on March 1, 1932 on the farm near Crandall to John and Mary (Hutchinson) Shannon.  She attended country school and later Bristol High School.  As a child, she helped her dad on the family farm, where she would develop a passion for the land and its animals.  On September 18, 1949, she was united in marriage with George Leonhardt in Groton.  Together, they farmed for many years, along with raising livestock, and a family. 

Delores was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Groton.  She was actively involved in the Salvation Army, the Alliance for Mental Health support group in Aberdeen, served on the Board for the Scotland cemetery and she took pride in decorating the gravesites every Memorial Day.  She loved attending church and supporting her family at school and life events.

Celebrating her life is her daughter, Eretta Dargatz of Waubay and her grandchildren: Brenda Kennedy, Shelley (Loren) Steiner, Melissa (Horacio) Figueroa, Karla (Andrew) Smith, Dylan Deaver, Katie Leonhardt, Amy Leonhardt, Addie Leonhardt, 14 great grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Lorene Blocker.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband George, and her son Daniel (Danny) Leonhardt, brothers William (Billy) Shannon, Norman Shannon, sister Betty (Shannon) Raethke Brauntner, brothers-in-law Floyd Leonhardt and Delbert Leonhardt, father-in-law Hans Leonhardt, and mother-in-law Ella (Bahr) Leonhardt.

Services for Delores Leonhardt, 88, of Groton will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Groton.  Rev. Andrew Wolfgram will officiate.  Burial will follow in Scotland Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.  Services will be live streamed at GDILIVE.COM.  Masks are required for all those who attend in person.

Visitation will be held for one hour prior to services on Wednesday.  

Honorary Pallbearers will be all of Delores’s Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews.

Memorials may be directed to Eretta Dargatz, 408 North Main St. Waubay, SD 57273.

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January 13, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. John s Lutheran Church (Groton)

Funeral Service
January 13, 2021

11:00 AM
St. John s Lutheran Church (Groton)

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