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Leona M. Dallman, age 82, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Millwaukee, Wisconsin.
Funeral services will be held 11:30AM on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids with Rev. John Grohs and Rev. Timothy Ritter officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 AM until time of service. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Leona was born on April 1, 1930, in Marshfield, Wisconsin, to Edward and Frieda (Wendt) Mews.
She attended grade and high school in Unity, Wisconsin. She was confirmed and married to Maynard C. Dallman at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity, Wisconsin. They were happily married for almost 35 years. He preceded her in death May 29, 1982.
Together they were blessed with two daughters and one son.
Leona was a long time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was an active member of the Evening Guild. She also enjoyed serving for the annual Christmas Tea and many funerals.
She was a long time cashier at the Red Owl store in Wisconsin Rapids.
Leona and Maynard enjoyed doing the finishing work and decorating on the three homes they built together. They always chose to live within close range to their dear friends from the old neighborhood.
She enjoyed bowling, golfing, camping and the winter stays in Texas with her husband and their many friends. She also enjoyed get-togethers with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In 1985, Leona met Anthony Ferraro and they shared many happy years together golfing, traveling and time at the lake.
Leona is survived by her three children, Sharon (Lynn) Dix, Wisconsin Rapids; Susan (Michael) Chojnacki , Rome; and Steven (Susan) Dallman, Wisconsin Rapids; grandchildren David Dallman, Kyle Dallman and Jennifer (Christopher) Weber and great grandchildren Ava and Conner Weber and step-grandson, Austin Weber.
She is also survived by her sisters, Ethel Wagner, Betty Gottchalk and Doreen (Dave) Luepke and brothers, Levi (Janice) Mews and James (Micki) Mews; sister-in-law Luanne Dallman and many nieces and nephews and their children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Maynard and his parents, and sisters and their spouses, Verna (Erv) Kademan, Ruth (John) Landeck , Delores (Erv) Sherman; her brothers, Edward Mews and Marvin Mews and his wife Barbara. She was also preceded in death by her brothers- in-law; Rich Wagner, Elroy Gottchalk, Orwald Dallman and his wife Mary, Murnice Dallman and his wife Maxine and Lyall Dallman.
Leona also leaves behind her dear companion of many years, Anthony Ferraro, Turtle Lake, WI along with his children; Ron Ferraro, Cindy Penman, Tony Scott Ferraro, Patrick Ferraro and their spouses and families.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home of Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family.
A farewell message from Leona:
To those I love and those who loved me; be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love and you can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you have shown, but it's time to travel on.
So grieve for awhile, if you must, then let yourselves be comforted by trust. It's only for awhile that we must part. So bless the memories within your heart. Life goes on.
All my love.
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Dec. 11, 2012