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BLOOMINGTON - Leona Mae Schwalbe, age 90, of Bloomington, Ill., passed away peacefully at 10:51 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014, with her family by her side, at the home of her son, Scott, with whom she resided.

Her memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Heartland Community Church, 1811 N. Linden St., Normal, Ill. The Rev. Roger Pryor will be officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Private family inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Metamora, Ill.

The family suggests memorials be made to Chaddock School in Quincy, Ill., OSF Hospice or to a .

Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington, Ill.

Leona was born Nov. 7, 1923, in Albion, Ind., the daughter of Franklin and Alma Weller Jacob. She married Maurice McDaniel on Nov. 23, 1946, in East Moline, Ill. He died April 7, 1991. She later married Edwin Schwalbe on April 25, 1993, in Decatur, Ill. He died Dec. 6, 1995.

Surviving are two sons, Scott (Janis) McDaniel of Bloomington, Ill., and Timothy (Lisa) McDaniel of Highland, Ill.; four stepchildren, Larry S. Schwalbe of Florida, Thomas L. Schwalbe of Champaign, Ill., Brian Schwalbe of Arizona and Marcia Nelson of Indiana; three grandchildren, Alex McDaniel, Aaron McDaniel and Sarah McDaniel; 26 stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Patrick, in infancy; two brothers, Franklin Robert Jacob and Daniel Elon Jacob; two sisters, Wauneta Jacob Reed and Ilene M. Young; and three stepchildren, Larry McDaniel, Kay McDaniel and Loretta Smith.

Leona was an accountant at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Peoria, Ill., for 13 years. Later, she was a ministerial and financial secretary at First Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Ill., for 22 years, retiring in 1989.

Leona attended St. John's Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Ill., and Heartland Community Church in Normal, Ill.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, volunteering at church and playing pinochle with friends, and she was an avid reader. She also enjoyed baking for her family and church friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.calvertmemorial.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star from July 20 to July 21, 2014
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