Dolores Ann Ledwon

In Loving Memory of
Dolores Ann Ledwon
(July 26, 1927 – March 22, 2024)

Dolores Ann Ledwon (nee Podbielniak) baptized in the Hope of Christ’s Resurrection on March 22, 2024. Beloved wife of the late John R Ledwon; dear mother and mother-in-law of Rick (Dianne) Ledwon, Tom (Vicky) Ledwon, Becky Elli (Mike McReynolds); loving grandmother “Busia” of Mark (Janet) Elli, Mike Elli, Sarah Elli, Greg (Jessica) Ledwon, Andrea (Todd) Covilli, Anthony (Bess Bacher) Ledwon, Erica (Vince) Ries, Kim (Rich) Oliver, Krissie (Philip) Betbeze; loving great-grandmother “Busia” of Ava & Mia Elli, Ansley Kate Elli, Nick, Luke, & Grace Ledwon, Bradley, Natalie & Dylan Covilli, Carmen Ledwon, Kalina & Keegan Ries, Taylor Ryan, Braydon Huddleston, Luke, Will, Maddy & Joey Oliver, Julia, Elsie & Buddy Betbeze; dear sister and sister-in-law of the late Joe (the late Margie) Podbielniak, Pat (the late John) Kos, Barbara (the late Don) Rakosik, the late Ronnie (Tina) Podbielniak, Roberta Mays, David (Judy) Podbielniak, the late Jimmy (Barb) Podbielniak; dear godmother of Michele Podbielniak; dear daughter of the late Joseph & Rose Podbielniak; dear aunt and friend to many, including her St. Agnes Home family.

Dolores was born on July 26, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, to Joseph and Rose Podbielniak. The eldest of nine siblings, she was raised a devout Catholic and began working at a young age to help support her family. She continued to work well in to her 80’s culminating in a successful career at Sears. Dolores met her husband, John, while working at Morrow’s Nut House and they were married for 52 years raising two sons and one daughter, finally settling in St. Charles, MO. Dolores led by example displaying a strong work ethic, deep sense of responsibility, and heartfelt compassion for others. She loved Cardinal baseball, branded all politicians as a bunch of crooks, and believed good deeds would take you straight to heaven. She was known by all as a loyal friend and steadfast caretaker always ready with a helpful word of encouragement. Any noteworthy situation was often earmarked by her trademark exclamation of “Holy Crow!” As a hobby, Dolores had a passion for creating flower arrangements. And, her world famous Banana Nut Bread and Polish City Chicken Legs were well known by all.

Everyone that knew “Busia” can recall a special memory that brings a smile. However, Dolores found her greatest joy in her family and friends. She was truly one of a kind. Her loving kindness and unwavering support for all leaves behind a legacy that lives on for future generations. Dolores was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

There will be a private Celebration of Life for the family at St. Agnes Home with burial at Jefferson Barracks.

Donations in memory of Dolores can be made to: St. Agnes Home, 10341 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122.


  1. Kathy Raniero on March 26, 2024 at 5:41 pm


  2. MariJo on April 29, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    This wonderful lady brought me many laughs and smiles. So much spunk with a kind heart. A true blessing to know her in her most recent years. Blessings to all of the family. I’d love to get her banana bread and chicken leg recipes:) Please feel free to contact me (at SAH) so I can be blessed with those recipes. Love!

  3. Joe and Linda Neiner on May 14, 2024 at 2:18 am

    Becky, we’re so very sorry on the loss of your mother. She was such a kind soul and will be remembered as an energizer bunny. God bless you, the boys and your whole family. Love, Joe and Linda Neiner

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