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Norbert Laudorn  

Norbert Laudorn

April 5, 1924 – January 10, 2016

Norbert Laudorn, age 91, of Newark, DE, went home to the Lord on Sunday, January 10, 2016 with Ed and Birgit Canning by his side.

Mr. Laudorn was born in Luebeck, Germany on April 5, 1924. He was drafted into the German Navy at the age of 18. His ship of 104 men sank a few beaches up from Normandy, with 6 survivors, of which he was one. He was in prisoner of war camps in England and W. Virginia and was one of the first prisoners released when it was substantiated that his family was involved in the underground movement against Hitler.

He enjoyed his time in the US, and fearing conflict between East and West Germany, emigrated to the US with his wife and three young children in 1957. Mr. Laudorn held a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and had a successful career in that field. His last position was with the Hull Syndicate in NYC where he was Chief Estimator for the company. He also was a member of the Society of Naval Architects.

Mr. Laudorn along with his wife, loved ballroom dancing, teaching his children at a young age. He was a member of Post Cana and the Delaware Saengerbund. He played the piano and while in Germany, semi-pro soccer. His love for the sport was passed through the generations to his son, grandsons, great grandsons and great granddaughter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Lieselotte (Lielo) and his son, Bernd. He leaves behind to cherish his memory daughter, Birgit Canning (Ed), daughter in law, Christine Laudorn, daughter, Jutta Laudorn-Kelly, grandchildren, Hans Laudorn (Niki), Lloyd Laudorn (Karen), Allison Monge-Calkins (Chad) and Lauren Holzshu (Kurt), and his great grandchildren, Tyler, Carter, Ava and Soren Laudorn.

IMPORTANT WEATHER RELATED UPDATE: A memorial service has been rescheduled for 11 am on Saturday morning, January 30, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19713, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am.

The family is requesting no flowers be sent to the church, however those wishing to make a contribution in Norbert’s memory may consider St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at the address listed above or Heartland Hospice, 256 Chapman Rd., Ste. 102, Newark, DE 19702.

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  1. Jane Wakeman Altshulet, January 17, 2016

    Dear Birgit,
    So sorry to learn of your father’s death. He was a gentle man who will be missed. You were a good daughter and made a difference in his life.

  2. Birgit Cannning, January 17, 2016

    Thanks, Jane! I was happy we were able to move my dad in with yours…he did so much better in that room.

  3. William and Diane Rhoades and family, January 18, 2016

    To our beloved friend and neighbor. Norbert, we will miss you and always remember you and Don having those long over the back yard fence conferences on the best used gardening tips. While I was sent to find the elbow grease you two laughed and planned the next row of lettuce or flowers to plant. I will always remember those moments for my father really enjoyed your company. The fact that you two were successful in this endeavor is through my memories of those fantastic Beer Radishes we used to enjoy.
    Vicky and Don both were blessed to have you in their lives along with your wife Lillo. I also enjoyed your company and growing up next to such a nice family was a blessing. Your smile accompanied with serious tones of advice will be missed but not forgotten friend.
    May our heart felt sadness resonate through this message for if I were home I would not miss your funeral. My job has me overseas, but nevertheless I will visit your grave upon return.
    Brigitte – our heart felt condolences to you and your family.
    He will be missed, but I know Don and he already are planning their spring gardens.
    God bless, your friend Billy

    • Birgit Cannning, January 18, 2016

      Thanks, Billy…your words touched my heart! You know besides the conversations about their gardens, they also solved all the problems in the My dad couldn’t have asked for a better buddy, and neighbor…..and I know that after he passed, my dad missed him and those conversations!
      My wish is for your to be safe over there and come home safely!! Birgit

  4. Mike Canning, January 18, 2016


    The boys and I are so sorry for the loss of your father.

    Mike, Michael and Thomas

  5. Joyce Hayes, January 18, 2016

    To Chris, Hans and Lloyd and the extended Laudorn family, condolences on the passing of father, grandfather and great-grandfather Lsudorn. I do remember him and his love of dancing. I am sure he is dancing now.

  6. Patrick & Anne Costello, January 25, 2016

    Dearest Birgit I will always miss your great Mom and now your Dad. Nothing I could say will help with the void left behind with this loss. Your Dad was one good friend, neighbor and a real joy to watch him argue with my father like the 2 “Grumpy Old Men” from the movie. He was always a gentleman and good friend we will all miss him.With Love, Patrick


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