Ella E. Leanhart, 87
Sept. 26, 1925 - March 26, 2013
Ella E. Leanhart, age 87, of Clearwater died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at her home.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fair Haven with Rev. Timothy Nerud officiating. Burial will follow at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to services at the church.
Ella Elsa Leanhart was born September 26, 1925 in Fair Haven Township, Stearns County to Henry and Elsa (Schwartz) Gehrke. She was Baptized, instructed in the Lutheran faith, and Confirmed on December 7, 1941 at Concordia Lutheran Church where she was a life-long member. She married Wendell J. Leanhart July 14, 1948 at Perry, IA and he preceded her in death on February 28, 2000. She worked at T & O Plastics in Clearwater and was a homemaker. She enjoyed her garden and time spent with her family & friends.
She is survived by children Carol (Emery) Schmidt of Fair Haven, Brenda Leanhart (Mike Stewart) of Belmont, CA, Marvin of St. Cloud, 2 grandchildren Robin (Bob) Stein of Kimball & Ryan Tadych of Clearwater, 4 great grandchildren Natalie & Zachary Stein, Billy & Emily Tadych, sisters Erma Beck of Clear Lake and Dorothy (Walter) Burton of Rice. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Alfred & Vern Gehrke, and sister Leona Rose.
The pallbearers will be Leroy Rose, Bill Beck, Allen Fahsl, Alfred Gehrke Jr, Leon Gehrke, and Leland Gehrke. The organist will be Lynn Hoff and the arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care of Annandale.
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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Mar. 27, 2013