Leona Gaede

Leona Gaede, 96, of Sumner, died Saturday, June1, 2013, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013, St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating.  Interment will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday.  

Leona, daughter of Louis and Emma Kuhlmann Bruns, was born October 26, 1916, in Maxfield Township of rural Bremer County, Iowa. She attended rural school in the Maxfield area and was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church-Maxfield. On October 11, 1938, she was united in marriage with Edwin Gaede at St. John Lutheran Church-Maxfield by Rev. Baerman. Leona was a homemaker and farm wife. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner where she participated in WELCA. She loved music, dancing, sewing, and doing yard work. She volunteered helping with crafts at Hillcrest for twenty-seven years and occasionally played the organ for the residents through their supper hour. She also occasionally played organ and piano duets with her daughter, Marge at Hillcrest. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Leona is survived by a son, Russell (Avis) Gaede of Waterloo; two daughters, Marjorie (Eugene) Knoploh of Sumner and Rebecca (Duane) Bullerman of Denver, Iowa; one daughter-in-law, Karen Gaede of Denver; nine grandchildren, Darin (Angie) Gaede, David (Holly) Gaede, Kellie (Bret) Voss, Brian (Lisa) Bullerman, Sheryl (Peter) Johnson, Sheila Knoploh-Odole, Krista (Jon) Lindholm, Julia (Curt) Winterboer, and Angela (Andrew) Carr ; twenty-one great grandchildren; two step grandchildren, Marcey Bullerman and Jacquelyn (Myron) Hill; and one step great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; one son, Warren; two brothers, Ernest and Elmer; and one sister, Anna.


Dianne Strickler on June 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM said:

Marge and family, I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She had a long life and touched many lives. May the many times shared be of comfort during the days ahead.
Dave and Sandy Jaschen on June 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM said:

Dear Marge and the rest of the family,

I remember your Mother from when we lived there and she was always so pleasant, we extend our sympathy to all of the family. We always enjoy our visits with both of you Marge and Gene. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Dave and Sandy Jaschen
Laura Brutsman Busch on June 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM said:

Dear Russell, Avis, Marge, Gene, Becky, Duane and Karen, I am so very sorry for the loss of Dear Leona...She was indeed a brave, kind and amazing woman...I'm thinking of her and know how blessed she was to have such wonderful children (and grandchildren!).
I'm sorry we won't be at her funeral and we will all be thinking of her on Saturday. Mom and Dad are slowly getting along and it amazed me how Aunt Leona always seemed to defy aging! Love to you all, Laura.
Gretchen (Gitch) Warkentin on June 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM said:

Thinking of all of you during this time. What a good life she had. Blessings.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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