Leona M. Wedemeier

Leona M. Wedemeier, 86, of Sumner, Iowa died Saturday evening, August 11, 2012 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Sumner.  Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday.  A Memorial Fund has been established in her name.

Leona Marie Westendorf, the daughter of Werner and Hulda (Nolte) Westendorf, was born September 8, 1925 at home in Sumner, Iowa.  She was baptized at home and confirmed in 1939 by Rev. Kuhlman at St. John Lutheran Church (Buck Creek), rural Sumner.  Leona was united in marriage with Howard Levi Wedemeier on October 30, 1945 at St. John Lutheran Church (Buck Creek) rural Sumner.  She cooked all of her life starting in Cedar Rapids at the Twin Tower Café.  Upon returning back to Sumner she worked for Beulah Finch for 15 years at the Ritz Café , then Sumner Bakery, she went on to start the deli at McAloon’s grocery store and finally was head cook at Sumner Schools.  She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner for many years.  She enjoyed her flowers, playing cards, crocheting, knitting and spending time with her family.

Leona is survived by her 3 sons, Dwight (Jan) Wedemeier of Sumner, Duane (Nancy) Wedemeier of Waterloo, and David (Kim) Wedemeier of Leawood, Kansas; 6 grandchildren and their spouses, Brian Wedemeier, Brad (Ann) Wedemeier of Sumner, Annette (Tom) Hyde of Fairbank, Marshall (Amy) Wedemeier of Waverly, Brandy (Ken) Schwieso of Adel, and Clarissa Wedemeier of Leawood, Kansas; 9 great grandchildren, Clayton and Cortney Wedemeier, Gavin, Ashlyn and Benton Hyde, Carter and Jack Wedemeier, Natalie Mack and Jackson Schwieso; 2 step-great grandchildren, Shelby and Zack Schwieso; 3 sisters, Helen McClain of Vinton, Marva (Orlie) Schellhorn of Clarksville and Joyce (Jack) Gitch of Sumner; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard on June 14, 2003; her parents; and a brother-in-law, Duane McClain.


Jane Milnes on August 15, 2012 at 6:53 AM said:

My sympathy to each of Leona's family. May God bless you with his comforting grace.....
Heather Schweitzer Hansen on August 14, 2012 at 7:01 AM said:

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Leona could always be counted on to tell you like it is or to give you a good strong hug. I have lots of great memories of her & her love of her family. It's like my last Grandma is gone. She will be missed. Much love to you all.
Delmar & Carol Mutschler on August 14, 2012 at 5:30 AM said:

So sorry to hear of Leona's passing. She was a busy. hard working lady. She gave of herself to many.
John Zeien on August 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM said:

Condolances to Duane and Nancy and the Wedemeier family.

John and Janet Zeien
Tammy Sterba on August 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM said:

My heart goes out to the Wedemeier family. Leona will surely be missed. She was quite the lady.
Denise &Craig Haupt on August 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all . She was a pleasure to know.
Diane & Joseph Zabel on August 13, 2012 at 8:03 AM said:

Leona will be missed by everyone she met. She was a gracious woman. Always cheerful at McAloons, Sumner Schools and everywhere. I have very fond memories of Leona. Prayers and thoughts to the entire family.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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