SPRINGFIELD - Leanna P. Pokora, 23, of Springfield, died at 11:25 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2010.
She was born March 29, 1987 in Springfield, the daughter of Charles and Penny Wheeler Pokora.
Leanna wrote articles for the State Journal Register's teen section when she attended Washington Middle School. She was also on the newspaper staff at Lanphier High School and graduated with the class of 2005. She then attended Western Illinois University and in 2009 earned a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and served as president for Thompson Hall. She was vice-president of the Inter-Hall Council and was involved in the Great Lakes Affiliates of College and University Residence Halls. Leanna was appointed to a three-year term on the Springfield Community Relation Board. She was currently employed at Babies-R-Us.
She enjoyed spending time with her one year old nephew, collecting Precious Moments, watching NASCAR, especially Jimmy Johnson, and Chicago Cubs baseball.
She was preceded in death by grandfathers, Robert Pokora, Sr. and Dale Wheeler.
She is survived by her parents, Penny Pokora of Springfield and Charles Pokora of Taylorville; great-grandmother, Barbara Steffens of Lincoln; grandmothers, Pearl Pokora and Mary Wheeler, both of Springfield; brother, Jerrad (wife, April) Pokora of Maysville, NC; sister, Jessica Pokora of Springfield; several aunts, including Ruthie Wheeler and Debbie Stauffer; several uncles, including Robert Pokora, Jr., Rex Stauffer and Joe Millburg; three nieces, Mackenzie, Olivia and Emily; one nephew, Landon Pokora and several cousins, including Adam and Maria Millburg.
Family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
A funeral ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home with the Pastor Mike Keppler officiating.
Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Please visit Leanna's online life story at www.butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.