Deloris M. St. Louis | CraigDailyPress.com

Deloris M. St. Louis

Deloris Marie St. Louis passed away on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 at Shalom Cares in Aurora. She was born to Peter and Teckla Grudzinski on June 18, 1919 near Ashton, NE. She attended country and parochial Schools. After graduating from the 8th Grade, she focused on the chores of the family farm during the Depression years. The family loved music, and dancing the polka was always her very favorite activity.

In August 1937, she married Frank Adamek of Ord, NE. After stops in Littleton and Vernal, they settled in Craig for 30 years before divorcing in 1967. Two sons, Jerry of Denver and Gene were born of this union. Deloris worked as a nanny and in retail clothing sales for local merchants until the early 1950's when she began working in the floral business. In 1955, Deloris purchased Spetter's Flower Shop, renaming it Florette Flowers. This career provided her the opportunity to support people who were celebrating important events or in times of great personal sadness and everything in between.

Deloris married Sinclair St. Louis in 1969. They remained in Craig operating the flower shop, spending time on Snake River, occasionally traveling, until his death in 1997. She actively supported both husbands' membership with B.P.O. Elks #1577. She continued with the floral business a total of 55 years until finally closing her business in 2010, when she was 90 years of age.

She remained in Craig until September 2013, when for health issues she moved to Denver. She enjoyed stage performances, movies and outdoor concerts. She was always ready to play Dominoes and Canasta. After 75 years as a devoted parishioner of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Craig, where she was involved with the Altar and Rosary Society, she became a member of Our Lady of Loreto in Foxfield.

Mrs. St. Louis was incredibly proud of her family, close to her two sons and their wives, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her Nebraska family was also very important to her, especially her sister, Ailene Zeleski, and brother, Arnold Grudzinski, of Loup City, who survive her. She is also survived by sons, Jerry (Cindy) Adamek of Denver, and Gene (JoAnn) of Craig, four grandchildren Christopher (Heather) Adamek of Lake Oswego, OR; Julie (Tim) Winters of Pueblo West; Cari Adamek of Portland, OR and Jill (Brandon) Gorab of Enid, OK. as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death along with three brothers, Lloyd, Sigmund, and Eugene.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church in Craig or to Shalom Cares in Aurora in care of Grant Mortuary. A funeral Mass was held at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Interment was in the Craig Cemetery.

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