Oct. 5, 1924-June 6, 2013
MINNEOTA – Mass of Christian Burial for Leona Eischens, 88, of Minneota, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue from 9-10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Following a funeral lunch, burial will take place at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in St. Leo.
Leona died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Minneota Manor.
Leona Margaret (Roles) Eischens was born Oct. 5, 1924, at home in Burton Township to Mathias and Louella (Dahl) Roles. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school near St. Leo. On April 30, 1946, she was united in marriage to Clarence Henry Eischens. The couple farmed and raised their family near St. Leo. After Clarence’s death in 1982, Leona moved to Minneota. She was an active member of the Senior Citizens Center where she enjoyed playing cards and bingo, served as treasurer for many years and donated countless embroidered dish towels. She enjoyed embroidery and other needlework. She also enjoyed flower gardening and following the Minnesota Twins Leona was most passionate about spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include her children Karen (and Roger) Boerboom of Olivia, Sue (and Dean) Gorecki of Minneota, Curt (and Wendy) Eischens of Minneota, Lou Eischens of Marshall, Edna (and Bruce) Gossen of Minneota and Faye (and Larry) Haugen of Glenwood; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and two on the way; siblings Janet (and Lawrence) Buysse of Minneota and Doris Stachowski of Minneapolis; brother-in-law Tony Kopka of Marshall and sister-in-law Carol Roles of Minneota; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clarence, son Francis, great-granddaughter Jenna, siblings Edward Roles, Eugene Roles and Irene Kopka.