Leona Lessmann

    Leona Lessmann, 96, of Wayne, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at her home.
    Services  will be held Monday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne. The Rev. Carl Lilienkamp and the Rev. Michael Feldmann officiated.
    Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
    Memorials may be directed to the Lessmann family for later designation.
    Arrangements were with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.
    Leona Mae Lessmann was born May 7, 1920 on her parents’ farm south of Wayne to Nelse and Elvina (Odegaard) Granquist.   She attended rural school at District #57 and District #69 south of Wayne, graduated from Wayne High School in 1938 and received her teaching certificate from Wayne State Teachers College. She taught at both Districts #57 and #69 following college. Leona married Merlound Lessmann on Dec. 28, 1941 at the Grace Lutheran Church Parsonage in Wayne. From 1942-1945 they  lived in a variety of locations where Merlound was stationed during World War II.  This included Leavenworth, Kan., Gadsdon, Ala.; Ft. Lewis, Wash.; Port Clinton, Ohio; and Camp Harrison, Ind. Upon returning to Wayne, Leona worked with Merlound in his general contracting business, paint distributorship and rental business. They celebrated nearly 70 years of marriage before Merlound passed away in 2011. Leona was a dedicated homemaker.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne.
    Survivors include her children Marlin (Marge) Lessmann of Sioux City, Iowa; Cheryl Lessmann of Wayne; and Laura (Dan) Mitchell of Yankton, S.D.; grandchildren Corey (Stacy) Lessmann, Olivia, Jackson and Georgia; Colby (Michelle) Lessmann, Logan and  Sean; and Abbie Mitchell; nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Merlound; brother Clarence (Mildred) Granquist;  sisters Gladys (Dale) Evers and Opal (Lavern) Harder; brothers-in-law Elmer (Lou) Lessmann and Willis (Betty) Lessmann; sisters-in-law Ethel (Robert) Johnson and Dorothy (Bill) Parenti.
    Honorary pallbearers were Stacy, Michelle, Olivia, Jackson, Georgia, Logan and Sean Lessmann and Joyce Mitchell.
    Active pallbearers were Marlin Lessmann, Marge Lessmann, Cheryl Lessmann, Corey Lessmann, Colby Lessmann, Laura Mitchell, Dan Mitchell, Abbie Mitchell and Gene Mitchell.

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