Leona O. Winter

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Leona Winter, age 88 of St. Lucas, IA passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab in New Hampton surrounded by her family. Leona Winter was born on May 9, 1926 to Henry and Clara (Rausch) Hackman on the Hackman family farm south of Ft. Atkinson. She attended St. Luke’s Catholic School in St. Lucas. After receiving her formal education, Leona continued working on the family farm. On June 19, 1946, Leona was united in marriage to Clarence Winter at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. The couple made their home in rural Hawkeye where they raised their five children Diane, Ken, Marv, Leo and Rich. Leona then moved to St. Lucas in 1991 where she resided the remainder of her life. She was a lifelong member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church and a member of the Rosary Society. She enjoyed gardening, reading, long walks, playing cards and the accordion. But her true pride and joy were her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Left to honor her memory are her children; Diane Franzen of Waucoma, IA, Ken (Pat) Winter of Waverly, IA, Marv (Barb) Winter of New Hampton, IA, Rich (Amy) Winter of Decorah, IA; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; her sister, Hilaria Kipp of Decorah, IA; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Holthaus of Cresco, IA; her brothers-in-law, Linus (Doris) Winter, Roger Moellers and Zeno Kappas and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Winter; her son, Leo Winter; her siblings, Hilda (Carl) Brandsmeier, Rose Hackman, Hugo (Mildred) Hackman, Carl Hackman, Adolph Hackman, Dolora (Julian) Sabelka and Edwin Kipp.

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  1. I’ll always remember the family gatherings at her home in St. Lucas with her family which I was invited to when I was up home. Her house was always filled with so much love. She will be missed so much and my prayers are with the family at this sad time.

  2. Our deepest sympathy to all the family. It is always hard to say good-bye to your mother, but she certainly is at peace and she has a very good family left here. We send prayers and may our Lord help you all at this difficult time.

  3. To Leona’s devoted family – The loss of Aunt Leona makes me so sad. I always loved our visits and listening to her talk about growing up with Mom. She was one of the last direct links I had to my mom’s early days. I always looked forward to my birthday growing up because I knew Aunt Leona would send me a birthday card with gum. She told me a few years ago that she looked back at that and thought how silly it was to send that. I told her that she will never know how much it meant to me. It was something that I didn’t have to share with my siblings and those things were few and far between. I know this loss has to be very hard to take as you have been so close and have done so much together. She was so lucky to have you and you have been so lucky to have her. Enjoy Eternal Rest Leona with the rest of the Hackman clan. I can picture her in Heaven playing her accordion, my dad and mom singing along and Brandsmeier drinking out of a big beer mug just like 60 years ago.

  4. My sympathy and prayers are with all of the Winter family. I am sorry for your loss. She is now free and at peace in her eternal home with her loving God.

  5. Our condolences to the Winter family. No doubt you have many wonderful memories of her and will be cherished. I remember her as a very sweet lady, always kind to others. May she rest in peace.

  6. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15

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