Leona M. Gapko

Leona M. Gapko, 72

St. Joseph, Minnesota

May 30, 1941 - March 11, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 15, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in St. Joseph, for Leona M. Gapko, 72, of St. Joseph, who died March 11, 2014. The Reverend Jerome Tupa, OSB, will officiate. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11:00 AM on Saturday at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Leona was born on May 30, 1941, in St. Joseph Township to Bernard and Viola Simon, nee Hansen. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1959. She married Rudy Gapko on May 29, 1961, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in St. Joseph. She lived in St. Joseph all of her life. Leona enjoyed travel, flower gardening, bowling, golf, and caring for her grandchildren; she especially enjoyed bike riding. She enjoyed cooking for her family. Leona was a volunteer at St. Ben's Monastery in the mail room. She also volunteered many years with the St. Joe Lab School Lunch program, and various other activities through RSVP.

Leona is survived by: husband Rudy; children, Brian, Lisa (Jason) Barker; grandchildren Jordan and Jacob Barker; brothers and sisters, Bob (Jane) Simon, Al Simon, Jim (Vicki) Simon, Marie (Bob) Connally of Colorado; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Funeral Home

Daniel Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1010 North Second Street  St. Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 251-0383

Published in the St. Cloud Times on Mar. 13, 2014