Adela “Del” (Schmidt) Roberts, 91, long-time resident of Laporte and Walker, recently living in Baxter MN, passed away peacefully on August 7th, 2022. There will be a private service for family held for her at a later date. Burial will be next to husband, Larry at Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
Adela grew up in St. Paul, Mn with her sister Jan, and on her 8th birthday, her brother Bob was born. Del enjoyed playing with cousins in Wisconsin and family summer trips to the lake in Northern Minnesota.
As a teenager, Del could be seen hanging out with her group of girlfriends on the trolley and having fun around St. Paul. First employment as a bank teller, led her to meet her husband, Larry Roberts, who also worked at the bank as they flirted in the break room. Larry finished his college degree in business and education at Macalester College while Del completed wedding plans.
She married Clarence “Larry” Roberts in 1950. They had three children, Gary, Charlene (Kinzer), and Jeanne (Privratsky). Summer camping and family trips were some of their favorite times. Del went on to earn a teaching degree at Luther College and enjoyed teaching experience in students in grades 4 through 8. Del retired in order to work with her husband in the Nuthatch woodcraft business where they designed and sold original items such as the musical teddy bear banks.
Nine grandchildren enjoyed visiting Grandma Del and Grandpa Larry at Lake Kabekona throughout many summers. Del created elaborate family events for birthdays and holidays. Summer Camp Kabekona included all the cousins in dress up theater productions, scavenger hunts, games and of course, lake fun.
Later Del could be seen kicking up her heels in line dancing at the Lake May Center in Walker, MN where she met many new friends that she adored spending time with. In May 2021, Del moved to Edgewood Vista Senior apartments in Baxter, where she enjoyed new friends and workers, sang at church services, won prizes at bingo, attended special musical concerts, visited with friends at “happy hour” and celebrated holiday activities.
Del is survived by her children, Gary, Charlene (Kinzer), and Jeanne (Privratsky); nine grandchildren; brother Bob (Sue) Schmidt. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Larry; and sister Janet Anderson.
The family would like to send a tremendous thank you to the staff of Edgewood Vista, Baxter for their compassionate and outstanding care and for St. Croix Hospice staff for their support and the wonderful comfort they provided.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 35275 Maidenhair Dr, LaPorte, MN 56461