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Leona Thomas Obituary
LEONA D. (TOELKE) THOMAS, 87 DAKOTA - Leona D. (Toelke) Thomas, 87, formerly of Dakota, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Manor Court in Freeport. Born November 21, 1926, in Stephenson County; she was the daughter of Elmer and Elsie (Pieper) Toelke. She was a graduate of Dakota High School. On April 27, 1946, Leona and Lowell F. Thomas were united in marriage. He preceded her in death in 1999. Leona worked for Micro Switch for 251/2 years, retiring in 1988. She was a lifetime member of the Dakota Presbyterian Church, the Sunshine Club, Ever Ready Circle, Stephenson County Home Extension and farmed east of Dakota with her husband for 48 years. Leona enjoyed outside yard work, gardening, growing flowers, doing crafts and quilting. Surviving are her children, Loris (Vicki) Thomas of Rock City, Linden Thomas of Dakota, Leanne Thomas of Howe, IN, Lois (Eldon) Christner of Shipshewana, IN, Lynnette (Dean) Bontreger of Noblesville, IN, Leslie (Terry) Thomas of Freeport; six grandsons; six granddaughters; nine great-grandsons; seven great-granddaughters; one brother, Harold (Loraine) Toelke of Dakota; many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; two brothers, Sheldon and Alvin Toelke; three sisters, Bernice Toelke, Dorothy Barrickman and Beulah Folgate; great-grandson, Bentley Bontreger; and daughter-in-law, Virginia "Chick" Thomas. A special thank you to Dr. Workman and his staff, Liberty Village and FHN Hospice for all their care. Visitation from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at Daughenbaugh Funeral Home in Dakota. Private family burial will be at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Dakota Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Leona's family invites friends to share a story or light a candle in her honor at daughenbaughfh.com.
Published in The Journal-Standard from June 1 to June 3, 2014
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