Dieter Louis Leudesdorff

June 9, 1930 - March 15, 2008

06/09/1930 - 03/15/2008

Past Services

Wednesday March 19, 2008
4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Thursday March 20, 2008
1:00 pm

Virginia Beach; Dieter Louis “Louie” Leudesdorff, of Virginia Beach, passed away on March 15, 2008. Thanks to God’s grace, he was surrounded by the people who loved him the most—his wife of 53 years, Marion Schilder, his daughters, Jeanette and Susan, and his precious only grandchild, Olivia Louise Desmarais, who shares the same birth date as her Opi. “Uncle Lou” Rendulic, a treasured long-time friend was also by his side He is survived by his son-in-law, David Desmarais as well as his cousin Elke DaSilva and his best friend, Harald Fiedler both in Germany. He spent many happy hours of conversation and favorite meals at Mr. Steak with his cherished friend of over 30 years, Ed O’Keefe, of Traverse City, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Charlotte Wohlang, his brother, Wolfgang Leudesdorff and beloved grandmother, Frieda Solomonson.
Louie was born on June 9, 1930 in Hamburg, Germany. He attended private school until age 11 when he, his parents and his brother were forced to leave the country due to Hitler’s regime. They immigrated to America and were forever grateful for the opportunities and freedoms offered to them by the greatest country on earth. Other family members were not as fortunate and were killed in the Holocaust.
The family settled in Detroit. Upon Graduating from Redford High School, Louie returned to Germany to study Brewing Technology and pursue his goal of Master Brewer. He discontinued his studies to proudly enlist in the United States Army during the Korean War. Due to his bilingual skills, he served as a translator for the army’s military court. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

He returned to Hamburg to visit family and friends in 1954. As the story goes, while at a local restaurant, The Alster Pavilion, he noticed a young lady sitting by herself at the counter. With his outgoing, charming personality and good looks, he finagled his way onto the vacant seat next to the beautiful blonde. Six weeks later, Marion became his wife.
He and Marion made their home in Detroit where Louie began employment with the U. S. Postal Service. In 1971, the family moved to Traverse City, Michigan where they lived until 1987.At that time, they moved to Virginia Beach to be closer to their daughters who had both relocated here.
“Dada” as he was affectionately called by his daughters and their friends was a perfectionist. He was a strict and demanding father, but was always available for good advice in time of need. He loved classical music and reading; he was known for his pranks, his embellished storytelling, great sense of humor and intelligence. He was a people-person who never met a stranger.
Our Dada will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life/Service will be held at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 19 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach at the corner of Newtown and Greenwich Roads. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Opi, ich werde Dich so sehr vermissen, besonders an unserem gemeinsamen Geburtstag! Deine Olivia

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8 years ago

Dada, I am so glad for the past two years that you and i spent together. I saw you almost every day and Friday was “our day”. We would walk to the Dairy Queen i would always have to ask for extra toppings on your banana split; we would go to the mall and look at shoes for you, we would go for your manicure/pedicure you always flirted with the pretty girl; then you told me it was a big waste of money. We talked about your life you said you had a good one and were content, your faith you were positive in your belief of God, and just chit-chat. You always asked for chocolate and you got it!, ice cream and “pop”. You were sad that Ama, Grossvater and Onkel Wolfgang were dead. It was never a chore to be with you–you were so funny and politically incorrect but accurate in your observations–you made me laugh every day. When i told you that the nurses thought you were cute, you said you didn’t blame them. I told you I loved you and you told me you loved me–i tested you by asking who you favorite daughter was–you always answered that you loved me and Susie equally YOUR MIND WAS STILL WORKING!. You wanted to know where Mama was working and what time she was coming home. It was important to you that Mama was with you. Your advice to me was “save your money” and “keep your nose clean”. I learned so much from you. I asked you about your childhood, but you did not want to talk about it–you never showed any self-pity about your difficult times–the past was over and you looked to the future. You were tough and demanding on me and Susie because you wanted to prepare us for real life; and you did! Last week, when we went for a walk, I asked you where you wanted to go — you replied “Heaven”. Well, your request has been answered. I know you are there with your family and are looking down and protecting us. I will miss you every day for the rest of my life–I love you, Dada! Tantenet Nettchen Jeanette

Susan Desmarais
8 years ago

Dear Dada,

I miss you so very much!! My body and soul literally ache with grief. When you left, a piece of me went with you. I know my heart will never recover. I love you, Dada.

I always felt that it was you and me against the world. We stuck together through thick and thin. We had a bond that no one could break, I stuck up for you and you stuck up for me. It was the best.

I thank God for all the times we shared together. Especially when Mama,Jeanette, and Olivia travelled to Europe and New York year after year. You were always so happy and appreciative that I moved in with you. I knew you didn’t like being alone, I understood, I never liked it either. Even though you were demanding and sometimes difficult, I wouldn’t change a single moment. We went to gun shows, leather shops, lumber supply houses, garden centers, binocular stores, malls, restaurants,and whatever else you could think of. You told me stories of when you were little, about Ama and Grossvater, and times of war. You spoke of when you first came to this country and didn’t speak English and I listened as your memories came to life in my mind. You shared feelings about love, life, politics, music, religion, people, relationships, and so much more. Thank you for all of it.

I am the spitting image of you in so many ways. Jeanette is always quick to remind me of it as she shakes her head and smiles. I’m glad.

You taught me invaluable lessons, and I am grateful. I could never thank you enough.

I am so so sorry I couldn’t do more for you these past few years. A part of me died while watching you slowly slip away from me. I didn’t want to see it. I felt so helpless. It broke my heart when I wasn’t able to turn to you during the most difficult time of my life. I was lost without you.

Dada, for me you will never be gone. You will live in and through me for all the days of my life. There will never come a time when I stop turning to you for advice, and I will always heed your wisdom. I will love and miss you till my very last breath on this earth. I will see you in my dreams and carry you in my heart until the end of time. I know we’ll be together again. Until that day, please watch over me and guide me as you always have.


Susie Me Too

Kat Fine
8 years ago

Dear Leudesdorff Family:

It is so hard to say good bye to a patriarch such as your beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather. Although I did not know Mr. Leudesdorff personally , I spent many happy moments with Susan as she would recount stories of her ‘Dada’. I know he took great care of his family and you all reciprocated in kind with loving patience and courage these last difficult years. To be loved is the greatest gift of all and so I know he went on from this life a truly blessed man, well cherished and adored. May his life always be an inspiration and

comfort. Surely the Lord has blessed your family. My heart is with you.

Kat Fine

Carolyn Conner
8 years ago

Dear Mama, Jeannette, Susan

& Olivia,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. I didn’t know Louie very well, but I will always remember him with the long gray haired Pony-tail wig that he wore to my house one day Susan’s idea of course. He was so happy with himself, and just kept smiling! God Bless and love always, Carolyn

8 years ago

dearest “family”,

they say the greatest measure of a persons life on earth is the legacy they leave a loving caring family who is respected and loved by all. if that is true and we believe it is then your father will always be looked upon as the loving caring man we all knew him to be. for he has left a legacy that will forever live in our hearts…all our love and prayers are with you all.

your forever loving haynes family

Dee Agostinoni
8 years ago

Er ruhe in Frieden!

Susie and family, what a blessing to be with a loved one to say goodbye together.

But what is most important is how you showed your love while he was alive. May you give one another strength and support and keep his spirit alive with your memories and stories.

Much love,

Dee Dee

Vicki Rittenhouse
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Louie, and his family. My sincerest regards to all of you at this time.

Feleece Williams
8 years ago

Jeanette and Family,

Please accept our deepest and heartfelt sympathy over the loss of Mr. Leudesdorff, and know that we are thinking of you. We wish you peace and healing.

God Bless You!

Feleece Williams and Family

Charles Jacobs
8 years ago


I pray that God will lift you and encourage you in your spirit as go through the loss of your father. Remember that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. May God Bless you,

Your forever Pal,


Dani Loggins
8 years ago


Please know that you and your family have my deepest condolences during this time in your life. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.



Esther Dellinger
8 years ago

Jeanette, what a beautiful tribute to your “Dada”. I’m sure putting it together brought back many beautiful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Esther

Betsy Vogel-Scarbriel
8 years ago

Meine Gebete und Gedanken sind mit Ihnen. Es tut mir leid, dass ich Louie besser nicht kannte. Er ist einem erstaunlichen Mann Ã_hnlich. Ich fÃ_hlte mich immer so gut, als Jeanette mir erzÃ_hlte, wie viel er meine Rum-BÃ_lle liebte und ich immer glÃ_cklich war, sie fÃ_r ihn zu machen. Halten Sie an Ihren wertvollen Erinnerungen von ihm fest und wissen Sie, dass er nicht leidet. Ich bedauere so Ihren Verlust. ~ Betsy

Dena V. Harrell
8 years ago





Kelly Bridgeman
8 years ago

Myself and my family would like to extend our deepest prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

Coke Henderson
8 years ago

Remembering Louie,

The first time I met Louie was in the early 90’s when Jeanette and I were dating and both living in Newport News not together! She wanted me to meet her parents that she had talked about over the past year, warning me that Louie, her father, was going to ask me a lot of questions. So one day we went to VaBeach for “the meeting”. When we arrived, Marion had coffee made and some kind of sweet tart and we all sat around the dining room table talking about life. It didn’t take Louie long to start the “interrogation”. He asked “Are you rich?” “No” I answered; Mmmmmmm he replied-“Where do you work?” “The shipyard” Again, “Mmmmmm”. “What kind of car do you drive?” “A corvette”. That’s when is face lit up with a big smile.

Over the next 14 years, i stayed in touch with the family–Louie and I talked about the Army, guns, and recent purchases. Louie always liked to get a deal! For being legally blind, he was very aware of what was going on. He read the newspaper daily, Trading Post, listened to T.V., radio and could talk about anything. What was most amazing was how fast he could “walk” for being blind. Jeanette had moved back to Va Beach and lived around the corner from her parents. Each morning after reading the paper, he would deliver it to Jeanette’s house no need to pay for two papers! He would ring Jeanette’s doorbell and by the time she got to the door, he was heading half-way down the block! No cane, just his hat and sunglasses. He was, as Susie would say, a mover and a shaker. He was a man on a mission; even though Louie was blind, he could still see that life had its rewards–family, friends and a good piece of . . . chocolate.

Dee Agostinoni
8 years ago

Ruhe in Frieden Louie….

And may your family find comfort in knowing that they were blessed to be with you to say goodbye



Meg Widgen
8 years ago

Susan & Olivia,

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you and that our prayers are with you & your family at this sad time in your life..Take Care..Please call if we can be of any help..

Love, Meg & Turner

Diane Graham Dr. Hugo's Office
8 years ago

Susan, my deepest sympathy for you and your family. Your Dad’s memory will be full in your heart and may God grant you peace through this sad time.

Oscar and Carol Salter
8 years ago

Susan, Sorry to hear about your dad. Tell your mom and sister that we am thinking about them.

Oscar and Carol