A service of celebration was held Feb. 12, at Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck with Rev. Wes Aardahl officiating. Burial will be at Sunny Slope Cemetery, Mott, N.D.
Leona Ruth Jenner was born July 18, 1927, to Gottlieb and Elsie (Graff) Jenner at Ashley, N.D. She graduated from Mott Public School in 1947. Leona worked for a time at a café in Mott.
She was united in marriage June 29, 1947 to Emanuel Schmitt at Christ Lutheran Church, Mott. She spent the rest of her years dedicated to her family and to the farm she and Emanuel ran. Emanuel died Aug. 10, 2003. Leona entered the Waterford in 2006 and resided there until 2011 when she became a resident of Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center where she resided until her death.
Leona was sweet, loving, and caring. Leona and Emanuel set an example of a loving marriage to all. She was a homemaker at heart and greatly enjoyed having guests in her home for coffee, meals, or extended visits. Her family loved sitting at her table, especially if it held kuchen, rolls, German hot potato salad, or homemade ice cream. Leona also loved caring for her grandchildren when they were little, and visiting them as they grew older. As Alzheimer’s disease claimed her memory and ability to speak, she continued to brighten the lives of others by her spirit, her smiles, her opera singing voice and even her snores.
Leona was very active in the church throughout her life. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Regent. Her favorite Bible verse was “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
Forever grateful to God for her presence in their lives are her children, Adeline (Loren) Schwalbe, Mandan, N.D., Dennis (special friend Joann Schwartz), Bowman, N.D.; Lucinda (Jeff) Malm, Kulm, N.D. and Lynette (Steve) Terjesen, West Hempstead, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Amanda (Aaron) Phillips, Platteville, Colo., Kayla (Sgt. E5 Andrew) Fettig, Columbia S.C,; Travis and Justin Terjesen, West Hempstead, N.Y. and great-granddaughters, Isabella and Sienna Fettig. Additional survivors include one sister, Irene Fink; one brother, Milton (Audrey) Jenner; two sisters-in law, Emma Kamka and Ida Schmitt; one brother-in-law, Otto Schmitt; numerous nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
Leona was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the staff at Touchmark and Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center as well as Sanford Hospice for their loving dedication and care.
Go to www.parkwayfuneral.com to share memories of Leona and to sign the online guestbook.
Eastgate/Parkway Funeral Service, Bismarck, N.D. was in charge of arrangements.