Leona P. Paschal (1918 - 2012)

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Leona P. Paschal

Newton

Leona P. (Portugal) Paschal, 94, of Newton died on Sunday, September 02, 2012.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church, 210 N. 2nd Ave. E. in Newton.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2012, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home, 1115 E. 19th St. N. in Newton.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the First United Methodist Church, or Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL) may be left at the church on the morning of the service or they may be left at the funeral home. Memorials may also be mailed to the funeral home, please add, Attn: Paschal Family on the envelope.

Leona was born on August 30, 1918 in Oralabor, Iowa to Walter Peter and Grace Mae (Davis) Portugal. She graduated from Newton High School in 1935 and she then attended Buddington Memorial Bible School in Chicago, Illinois and the Drake Secretarial College in Jersey City, New Jersey. Leona married Harold D. "Pete" Paschal on May 2, 1945 in Newton, Iowa.

Leona was a member of the First United Methodist Church, National Security Women's Corps, New Jersey, 1942 to 1944. Past President Washington School P.T.A., past Bluebird leader, past leader of the Sherman Sunbeams 4-H Club, Skiff Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, Past President American Legion Auxiliary, Past Mother Advisor of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Past Matron of Newton Chapter No. 100, Order of the Eastern Star, Past Worthy Grand Matron of Grand Chapter of Iowa, Order of the Eastern Star from 1973-1974, General Grand Chapter Committee Member, Order of the Eastern Star 1982-1985 and Daughters of the Nile.

Leona is survived by her two daughters, Karen A. Paschal of Omaha, Nebraska and Candace P. (John) Lattyak of Gilroy, California; four grandchildren, Rebecca A. Burdett (Juan de Diego Perea del Pino) of Campbell, California, Sarah K. Burdett (Neel Mukherjee) of Berlin, Germany, Grace K. Lattyak of San Francisco and Nathan J. Lattyak (fiancée, Jamie Belknap) of San Jose, California; three great-grandchildren, Lucia Perea and Diego Perea of Campbell, California, and Inara Burdett-Mukherjee of Berlin, Germany; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold D. "Pete", son, Larry; grandson, Mark Paschal Burdett; three brothers, Othmel W., Roy W. and Walter Carl Portugal.

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Published in Des Moines Register on Sept. 5, 2012
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