Geneva Faye (Domagala) Ladwig, 82, Bryant, SD, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by her family. Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 10:30 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD, with Reverend Keith Garness officiating. Burial will follow at Our Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery, Bryant. Visitation hours will be Monday, April 10, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD.
Geneva was born on January 21, 1935 in rural Erwin, SD to Edward and Ruby (Pederson) Domagala. She was the eldest of 5 children and graduated from Bryant High School.
On September 22, 1954 she married Lloyd “Bee” Ladwig in Bryant. They resided there until moving to Turton, SD in 1961 where they raised their 7 children. The Ladwig “house on the hill” was always a flurry of activity and Geneva loved every minute of it. Everyone always knew there was room for one more at her table.
Upon Lloyd’s retirement, they moved back to Bryant in 1985. Lloyd passed away in 1990. Geneva continued living in Bryant until her move to Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls in 2016.
Geneva was always very active in her community being a member of various clubs, the senior center, the church, and was endlessly willing to help with anything asked of her. She was commonly referred to as the taxi or ambulance driver, but her favorite role was Mom and Grandma. Whether it be ball games, music programs, plays, or anything in between, she wanted to be there if her children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren were involved. Her family meant everything to her. Nothing made her happier than the family gatherings of games, cards, singing and storytelling. She was incredibly proud of the “Legacy” that she and Bee had created.
Grateful for having shared in Geneva’s life are her children: William (Denise), Colleen Thill, Brian (Lori), Rolland (Olga), Lisa (Todd) Heer, and Bruce (Peggy). Her grandchildren Kristin (Justin) Nichols, Amanda (Jason) Harris, Adam (Emma) Ladwig, Jeremy (Trisha) Thill, Angela (Jeff) Nelson, Teresa (Cody) Ulven, Megan (Joel) O’Daniel, Bryce Ladwig, Travis Ladwig, Kyle (Tawnya) Heer, Kari (Toby) Heer, Kelsey Heer, Krystal (John) Niesen, Kalley Ladwig, Ella Ladwig, and Landon Ladwig. She was also loved by 15 great-grandchildren and one more on the way.
She is also survived by her brother Delvin (Eileen) Domagala and sisters-in-law, Janice Domagala, Rita Domagala, and Grace Brown.
She is preceded in death by her husband Lloyd; a son, Calvin; a son-in-law, Dean; and a daughter-in-law, Pat.