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Leona Esther Onken

September 15, 1921 April 22, 2014
Leona Esther Onken
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Obituary for Leona Esther Onken

Worthington, MN

      Leona Esther Onken, age 92, was born on September 15, 1921, in rural Lakefield, MN, the daughter of Herman and Anna (Ulferts) Grussing. Leona married Fritz Onken on December 16, 1943. They farmed until 1982, when they retired and moved into Round Lake, MN. Leona moved to the Meadows in Worthington in 2005. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church and Ladies Aide, Round Lake Senior Center, and the Round Lake Walkers. She enjoyed birds, card games, crossword puzzles, crocheting and teaching how to crochet, and had a love of “Life Savers”. Leona died on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the South Shore Care Center in Worthington, MN.

      Leona is survived by four sons, Donald (Sharon) Onken of Round Lake, MN, Marvin (Pat) Onken of Excelsior, MN, Robert (Molly) Onken of Round Lake, MN, and Roger (Karen) Onken of Sanborn, IA, and sister, Ruth Schubert of Lakefield, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fritz in November of 2000; daughter, Dianna; brother, Wilbur, and a great granddaughter.

      Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Round Lake, MN, with Rev. Stephen Weiss officiating. Leona’s grandchildren, David Onken, Kalab Onken, Annabelle Onken, Brent Loudenslager, Stephanie Onken, and TJ Oyondi will serve as casket bearers. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Amy Loudenslager, Blake Loudenslager, Sydney Loudenslager, Amy Onken, Emily Onken, Maddy Onken, Grace Onken, Nathan Onken, Rob Onken, Shaun Baer, Kurt Onken, Travis Onken, Karie Onken, Mariah Oyondi, and Irena Oyondi will serve as honorary bearers. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.


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