Obituary: Zelda Dawn Noland Stead |

Obituary: Zelda Dawn Noland Stead

Zelda Dawn Noland Stead is a sweet, sweet spirit in heaven, joining her parents, brother, husband and a grandson (Lee), on November 14, 2015. Zelda was born to Wilma Lee Pitman Noland and William Austin Noland on May 29, 1930. The second of three children. She had an older brother, Roger, and she has a younger sister, Connie.

Suddenly losing their mother at the age of 11, Zelda became a responsible young woman overnight. She was forever credited, by her father, for holding the young family together.

Zelda married Jonas Kenneth Stead, the only love of her life, on June 17, 1946, upon his return from the U. S. Navy. She played a vital role in the Rifle Falls Hatchery becoming a showplace from the 50s through the early 80s.

Her golden, green thumb produced petunias, geraniums, baby’s breath, (the flowers that she started from seed in her green house). These flowers adorned all the flower beds at the hatchery during her 28 years as the wife of its superintendent, Kenny Stead.

She was an excellent seamstress. She and Kenny used their many talents to turn their basement into Santa’s workshop. Christmas was very special!

Grandchildren never wanted to leave her happy home! Zelda was a sweet, kind, humble, loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharing in the loss of Zelda is her sister, Connie, her three daughters, Sandra, Sherry and Sunny, a “very special son,” John Andreatta, her “favorite” son-in-law, Dee Keithley, six grandchildren (Coy, Clay, Dawn, Lynn, Kenn, Amanda), 12 great grandchildren (Kohl, Gaije, Jonas Dillon, Parker Joe, Tagerty, JohnThomas, Sean, Henry, Ursaula, Kristina, Shylar, Chase), five great-great grandchildren (Shea, Tempie, Max, Mila, Natalee), a new baby on the way and many friends.

A special thank you to Doctor Heath Cotter and his nurses at Grand River.

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