Delma Ducheneaux Heldman

  • BORN: January 24, 1930
  • DIED: September 18, 2013
  • LOCATION: Wakpala, South Dakota

Funeral services for Delma Ducheneaux Heldman, 83, of Wakpala, will be Monday, Sept. 23 at 11:00AM, CDT, at the Wakpala Community Center. A meal follows with burial afterward at Ascension Cemetery, Blackfoot, SD, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge. An all-night wake begins with a prayer services at 7:00PM Sunday at the community center. Delma entered the spirit world Sept. 18, 2013 at the Golden Living Center, Mobridge.

Delma Marie Heldman was born January 24, 1930 at the Old Cheyenne Agency, South Dakota to Joe and Rebecca (Hates Him) Ducheneaux. She attended grade school at Cheyenne Agency, graduating from Stephan Indian School. She went on to attend Northern State College, receiving her degree in Elementary Education at the age of 17.

Delma taught school for several years at Glencross Country School, Saddle Butte and then taught Aunt Celeste for 3 years. When she came home on week-ends, she would come with J.D. Kesling in the plane. That is where she grew to love flying, eventually earning her pilots license. After her local teaching, she moved to Rapid City where she worked for Aunt Henrietta Comstock before moving to Pensacola, Florida.

While in Florida, Delma met and fell in love with Les Heldman. They married and had Wally while in Florida. They returned back to the Moreau River where Scott was born before moving to Akron, Ohio. While in Ohio Delma and Les had six more children, JoEsther, Annie, Rebecca, Ruth, Dale and Claire. Delma enjoyed being a wife, mother and homemaker. She moved back to Wakpala in 1985 to her present home where she resided up until the time of her passing.

Delma was a wonderful cook and seamstress who enjoyed being around her family. She loved family gatherings, entertaining, holiday dinners and ceremonies, many of which were held in her front yard.

Delma will be sorely missed by her children, JoEsther Parshall, Leslie Ann Iron Cloud, Rebecca Heldman, Stephanie Ruth Heldman, Dale Heldman, Claire Heldman and many other adopted children; sisters, Irene Hagen, Karen Walker and Cynthia Fiddler; a brother, Steve Ducheneaux; grandchildren, Leslie, Adam, Cody & Breanna Heldman, Daniel and Toni Marrotta, Sarah Heldman, Chantilly and K.C. Parshall and Amber Felix along with her special "Twin" great grandson, Quintin and many other great grandchildren too numerous to list; hunka sister, Deb Tiger; hunka brothers, Tim Swimmer, Henry Takes the Gun, Dick Fox and Vincent Tiger; hunka daughters, Myra Lombard, Diane Pay Pay; hunka sons, Clyde, Pete, Toby, Bill, Vaughn and Nefi Three Legs, Mitch Pay Pay, James Ducheneaux, Mike Wald, Sr., Ray Demarco, David Tucker and Virgil Taken Alive..

Delma was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Ducheneaux and Rebecca Culbertson; siblings, Carl, Joe and Owen Ducheneaux, Angeline Pay Pay, Bernadine Wald and Celeste Medicine; sons, Wallace and Scott Heldman and a grandson, Michael Marrotta.

This one's for you Aunt Delma
With words I write from my heart
May you now rest in peace
But never that far apart

With the special time you spent with
Everyone is now true memories
Of people and places
We will now have forever

You know how strong I'm trying to be
And trying not to cry
But you will know how hard it will be
When I put you to rest and say goodbye

So don't leave to past even though
You know you will
Just remember how valued things are
Now as they turn gold
—-Benny "Smoky" Ducheneaux

Funeral Service
  • September 23, 2013
    11:00 AM
  • Wakpala Community Center
  • Wakpala, SD 57658
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