Leona Mildred Loretta Heideman, daughter of Conrad and Louise Piel Heideman, was born September 9, 1937, at Waterloo, Iowa. She was baptized September 18, 1938, in Waverly and confirmed April 6, 1952, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli. She received her education in the Tripoli Schools, graduating from Tripoli High School. Leona later attended Pitzi’s Beauty School in Waterloo.
Leona worked as a hairdresser for Phyllis Eichmann in Tripoli for two years prior to opening her own shop in Fredericksburg. A resident of Tripoli for many years, she was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church. In her spare time, Leona enjoyed knitting.
Following hospitalizations in Waterloo and Iowa City, Leona’s death occurred on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at the Tripoli Nursing Home. She was seventy-four years old.
She is survived by her mother, Louise of Tripoli; one brother, Eldon (Fern) Heideman of New Hampton; her half sister, Leota Luhman of Minneapolis, Minnesota; her sister-in-law, Delores Heideman of Tripoli; and several nieces and nephews.
Leona was preceded in death by her father, Conrad; her sister, Lorraine, who died at birth; and her half brother, Merlyn Heideman.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli with Rev. Miles Renaas officiating. Burial will be at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Tripoli. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be given to Leona’s family.