Leona "Tops/Topsy" Grovender Leyk, 95
Jan. 21, 1917 - Oct. 6, 2012
Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel, Sauk Rapids, for Leona G. Leyk, age 95, who passed away Saturday at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. Rev. Harvey Ehlers will officiate and burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Sauk Rapids. Friends and relatives may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Leona was born to William and Sylvia (Johnson) Grovender at home in Mayhew Lake Township, Benton County, Minnesota. She began working as a maid when 16 years old for the Lippencott family of St Paul. She married August Leyk of Sauk Rapids, November 6, 1937, at St John's Lutheran in Popple Creek. They were dairy farmers in Benton County until 1955, when they moved to Sauk Rapids. Leona was employed for a time at Jack Frost Hatchery and Herbergers Department Store of St. Cloud. She spent most of her working years at X-Cel Optical in Sauk Rapids retiring in 1979. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining, fishing, dancing, reading and playing cards. Leona was a life-long Lutheran, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a past member of the Ladies Aid of Trinity Lutheran.
Survivors include daughter, Sharon (Henry) Wentzlaff of Carson City, NV, son, Russell (Mary Dudley) of Merrill, WI and grandsons Todd (Lori Perkins) Wentzlaff of Platville, AL, Tim Wentzlaff of New York, NY, Brian Wentzlaff of Montara, CA, Stacy (Shubhanan Daksindas) Leyk of Houston TX, Heidi (Dave Press) Leyk of Wausau WI and Ryan (Carri Pozorski) Leyk of Merrill WI; and eight great-grandchildren: Anna and Kyra Wentzlaff, Noah, Connor, Izabelle and Alexa Press, Romit and Ameeka Daksindas, and numerous nieces and nephews. Leona was preceded in death by her husband, August on Nov 10, 2002, sisters Viola Tyler and Pearl Tate; brothers, Ervin, Harold and Willard Grovender.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, American Bible Society or Salvation Army.
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