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Leona Mae Houghton Rice

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Rice, Leona Mae Houghton

Leona Mae Houghton Rice, age 87, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2013. She was born 8/21/1925 in Houghtonburg, Jackson Co., WI to the late Mahlon and Emma (Matti) Houghton. She attended nursing school in Rockford, IL at St. Anthony for 4 years; then furthered her career by attending St. Francis in Peoria, IL to become a nurse anesthetist.

She served as a nurse in the Army at Hines VA Hospital in Melrose Park, IL during the end of WW II. She spent the duration of her nurse anesthetist career of 45 years at Beloit Memorial Hospital. She was a devoted member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit, WI for 26 years and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Edgerton, WI for 40 years as well as a member of Women of WELCA. In her retirement years, Leona volunteered at Edgerton Community Outreach Program and was a member of St. Anthony Nurses Alumni Association in Rockford.

Leona is survived by her husband of 63 years, Charles Rice of Green Bay, formerly Edgerton, WI, where they both owned Rice's Jewelry Store for 19 years. Loving mother to son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Ann Rice of Green Bay; daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Bruce Schroeder of Cincinnati, OH; devoted grandmother of 6 grandchildren, David Rice of Green Bay; Lyndsay Rice of Eugene, OR; Jennifer and husband Andrew Wiemero of Milwaukee; Nicholas and wife Leslie Schroeder of Madison; Joseph Schroeder of Ogden, UT; and Natalie Schroeder of Cincinnati, OH; great-grandchildren Maple and Sylvia Schroeder of Madison, WI.

Leona was preceded in death by her brother, Giles Houghton.

A private family service was held at the Pfotenhauer Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1145 Cardinal Lane. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Beloit. Online condolences welcome at

A memorial fund has been established in her name at the funeral home.


Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Feb. 4, 2013
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