March 12, 1919 – November 6, 2019
Age 100, formerly of St. Paul, passed away on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 at Oak Meadows (Oakdale).
She worked at Northern Pacific Railroad & Hazel Park School’s Library. Active in the PTA and Cub Scouts.
Preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, John W.; 4 siblings; and daughter-in-law, Eileen.
Survived by sons, John A. & Mark (Kathleen); daughter, Anne (Gregory) Johnson; 5 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Private family services and interment.
Memorials preferred to donor’s choice.
- Private Family Services
November 7, 2019
The last time I spoke with Aunt Leona was last early spring, late winter right before she turned 100. I hung up the phone filled with warmth, thinking what a generously supportive woman and what a privilege it was to have had that phone conversation. It made me recall how often my mom would call me the day after she and her sister Leona would have one of their several hour-long phone conversations. Although my mom never shared the content of their conversations, she’d call simply to say how much fun she had laughing with her sister and how grateful she was that both of them could talk about anything and everything with each other.
I was just starting to write Aunt Leona a thank you card for the condolence note she sent after our father passed away three weeks ago when I received an email from Jeanene saying that Leona had died yesterday. I had just been studying the impeccably beautiful handwriting Aunt Leona had that was nearly identical to my own mom’s handwriting and had tears in my eyes, as today marks the six year anniversary death date of our mom, Joan, Leona’s sister. Now I have to smile as I can only imagine the joyful reunion these two sisters are having being reunited together.
Anne, Mark and Jack you have my heart felt sympathy as you absorb the finality of your mother no longer being on this earth. I know she had a long full life, but the loss of a mother is huge, and I hope that you are all gentle with yourselves and each other during this time. She loved and appreciated each of you dearly, Sandy
November 7, 2019
The first thought that comes to me when I think of Aunt Leona is kindness. She had such a wonderful way about her. I would pick her up, along with my Mom, and meet at one of the other sister's places. This time it was at Aunt Joan's in 2012.