Obituary of Leona Marie Horn, age 97
Leona Horn’s long journey in life ended on November 9, 2016. With her Holy Rosary in hand, she passed peacefully with family by her side. She was residing at Grace Healthcare, (Kinnic and Rehab), River Falls, Wis.
Leona was born August 22, 1919, on a small family farm in rural Eau Galle Township in Wisconsin, not far from Farm Hill.Leona, (because her mother Clara (Seipel), had taken ill at a very early age), took charge of helping her father, John Lecheler raise the family of seven children (five brothers, George, Joe, Hank, Harold, Albert and a sister Oliva.)
Leaving the home farm behind, Leona found work at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis. Later, (circa 1930’s) she moved to Durand, Wis., where she met and married LeRoy P. Horn at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Farm Hill on October 30, 1940.
Leona and her beloved husband LeRoy, (deceased July 1957) lived on their family farm in rural Plum City, Wis., where they worked in an insurance business and farmed. She raised six (surviving) children. Tom Horn (Terry Scharpen), Pepin, Wis., Diane (Norb) Daleiden, Stillwater, Minn., Ted Horn (Wendy, deceased 2006), Ellsworth, Wis., Mary Jean (Jack) Olson, Nekoosa, Wis., Colleen (Greg) Harris, Prescott, Wis., Kathy Zupan (Martin, deceased January 2016), Madison, Wis.
Leona is survived by 11 grandchildren: Vicki Symanietz (Dan); Jim Horn (Amy); Kristin Parr (Bill); Lee Daleiden (Lynn); Ryan Daleiden; Elizabeth Harris (Thea Carlson); Lewis Harris; Kirk Olson; Aaron Olson (Betzy); Alex Zupan (Raychal); and Nick Zupan and 12 great grandchildren. Leona loved gardening and spending time and playing cards with her grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband LeRoy, parents John and Clara Lecheler, a sister Oliva “Toots” and brother-in-law Ed Pelzel; brothers and sisters-in-law George and Martha Lecheler; Joe and Gertie Lecheler, Henry Lecheler; Harold Lecheler and Albert Lecheler. She is survivied by Albert’s wife Joan, who resided at her home in Elmwood, Wis., and by numerous nieces and nephews.
In 1966, Leona sold her farm in Plum City and moved to Ellsworth, Wis., She worked hard all her life at various occupations, employed by Federal Crop Insurance, in Durand and Ellsworth; Pierce Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Larry Traynor, DVM for 21 years; and Snowball’s Bar, Velda and Vern Snow for 15 years. Because of her work, she was quite well known in the Western Wisconsin community
Leona was a long-time member of the Plum City American Legion Auxiliary, St. Francis Catholic Church where she attended Mass daily and Snowball’s Euchre Club. She also volunteered at the Ellsworth Care Center and st. John the Baptist Ladies Altar Society in Plum City.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Kinnic Health and Rehab and St. Croix Hospice for their care.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 Thursday, November 17, 2016 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Ellsworth, WI. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday November 16, 2016, Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, WI., and one hour prior to Mass at the Church on Thursday. Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery, Plum City, WI
Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ellsworth, WI