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PEORIA - Denise L. Leuthold, 39, of Peoria passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at her residence.

Born Feb. 3, 1974, in Dade County, Fla., to Douglas P. and Diane E. (Sailors) Newton, she married Nathan Andrew Leuthold on July 15, 1995, in LaSalle, Ill. He survives.

Also surviving are her parents of Peoria; three children, Seth Leuthold, Julia Leuthold and Jenelle Leuthold, all at home; one sister, Deanna (Clint) Bachmann of Detroit Lake, Minn; her grandparents, Geraldine Sailors, Alice Newton, both of Sterling, Robert and Betty Rauch of Ocala, Fla., and Lillian Smith of Pekin; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves her in-laws, Bruce and Catherine Leuthold of Mapleton.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jack Newton, John Sailors and Virgil and Mae Leuthold.

Denise was a 1992 graduate of Faith Baptist Christian School in Pekin.

Denise was a member of LaMarsh Baptist Church in Mapleton.

She and her husband served as missionaries in Lithuania since 1998.

While Denise enjoyed many things, her greatest joy was that of being a wife and mother.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18040 Unsicker Road, Groveland. The Rev. Dr. Steven Hauter will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton. The Rev Dr. Keith Thibo and Pastor David Sexton will officiate at the graveside.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an account at CEFCU for the children.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 17, 2013.
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February 27, 2013
it is truly a sad day when a beautiful wonderful women is taken from this earth. However, I know in my heart she is with the angels watching over all of us.
Joanne Lees
February 26, 2013
Your brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus from Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Coon Rapids, MN are praying for you. Some of the brethren from here met your family on a mission trip. May you find strength and comfort as you draw nigh unto Him.
LouAnn Benham
February 25, 2013
Don Hughes, Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church, Johnson City, NY. We are praying for you.
February 24, 2013
Tricia Goodrich-berry
February 23, 2013
Denise is blessed to have such a loving family and will be missed I know. Heaven awaits the faithful and what glory that is for her!
Della Umphrey
February 22, 2013
We are so thankful for the opportunity we had to get to know you when we were together in Lithuania. We appreciate your wonderful testimony and your faithful ministry. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and peace.
Karen Malik
February 22, 2013
Please know that our family and church are praying for you. May the Lord give you the comfort, peace and rest you need during this difficult time. Prov. 3:5&6
February 21, 2013
We are praying for all of you that knew & loved Denise. We didn't know her, but are members of Camp Creek Baptist in Cornelia, GA. Our church supported the Leutholds in their ministry. Our hearts are breaking for the family. Our prayer is that through this terrible tragedy, God will bring more lost souls to Him.
In His Love, The Miller Family
Laura Miller
February 20, 2013
Ya'll are in our thoughts & prayers @ Bible Baptist Church in El Dorado, AR. Praying God wraps ya'll in His tender, loving care!
Debbie Weido-Lawson
February 20, 2013
So sorry to learn of Denise's death. Our love and prayers go out to you at this time. Leannne Maart
February 20, 2013
Your family is in our constant prayers. God bless you all
Mike & Shannon (Liberty Baptist Church Donaldson
February 20, 2013
Our family wants to convey our deepest sympathy. We will continue to pray for the Lord to keep His loving arms of comfort wrapped around you (Nathan)and the children.
Mike & Shannon (Liberty Baptist Church) Donaldson
February 20, 2013
Our prayers are with the entire families of Denise and her husband! We are sorry that a beautiful life had such a sad ending! May those who have been touched by your life Denise, come close to God through all of this! We didn't know you but the story has been sad on our hearts! Praying for your husband and children . We will meet in Heaven someday!
Laura Adcock
February 19, 2013
Praying for your comfort and strength to carry on for the Lord. Obviously, Denise has finished her work and now we must carry on until we are finished. God's way is always best, even though we don't understand it. I know many will miss Denise for various reasons, as she has touched many lives for the Lord over her 39 years. May your family be sustained over the next days to come.
Diane Freeman
February 19, 2013
We are lifting up your family in prayer and have shed tears over this awful tragedy. She was such a godly example for us all. In Christian love, The Bierbrodt Family, First Baptist Church, Clinton, Illinois
February 19, 2013
My prayers go out to the family
dorena smith
February 19, 2013
Praying for your families during this time. May God's extraordinary love and grace minister to your hurting hearts.
Becky Owens
February 19, 2013
Bro. We at Hoxie Baptist Temple and Bethany Baptist Church in Hoxie, Ks and Wakeeney, KS are praying for you and your family. My Daughter Becky Kowach know your family. May God continue to give you grace and strength.
Harold Demoret
February 18, 2013
Extremely saddened by this news. My thoughts and prayers are with the Newton and Leuthold families.
Troy Bond
February 18, 2013
My prayers are with the Leuthhold and Newton family. Know that God loves you and will give the peace that passeth all understanding in the days ahead. Pat LaCock-Bayview Baptist church
Pat LaCock
February 18, 2013
Our deepest and most profound sympathy.she was such a terrific young lady.Nathan,please know that you and your children will be in our prayers.we have fond memories of when you lived in the little white house next door.
Dick & Phyllis Holliday
February 18, 2013
Paying for the family.
Jason Brenenstuhl
February 18, 2013
Nathan and children......Words cannot express the sorrow and heartache we feel for you all. Cheryl and I have been in continual prayer since we heard the news Friday afternoon. It was such a great pleasure getting to know Denise and spending time working along side of you all. We continue to pray for you and the children, for Gods strength now and in the days ahead.
Larry Ingalls
February 18, 2013
I'm praying for your families!
Cyndi Trew
February 18, 2013
Our family wants to send our deepest regrets on the loss of Denise. She was a very sweet and caring person. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We will keep your family in our constant prayers.
Ronnie & Janice Harms
February 18, 2013
Praying God's comfort for all the family during this time of tragic loss.
Jim Faires
February 18, 2013
What a lovely Christian lady! Saddened by this horrific tragedy! Praying for the family that God would daily give them the strength and grace to go through this terrible loss and heartache.
Laura Stertz
February 18, 2013
What a shock! Our deepest sympathies go out to all the family. We'll meet one day in heaven. God Bless all of you.
Lloyd & Alice Bell
February 18, 2013
Praying for your family
Curtis Hall
February 18, 2013
Praying for the families
Michel Smith
February 17, 2013
Praying that the Lord will give you strength and comfort during this time and the coming days.
Pastor Prater, Katie, and Fellowship Baptist Church
February 17, 2013
Nathan and children, May you find sweet comfort in Jesus! We love you so much. We are here for any comfort you need. Love in Christ Jim and Shelly Gschwind
Jim, Shelly Gschwind
February 17, 2013
Denise will be missed around Cornerstone Baptist Church very much. we loved so much. Nathan we are praying for you and the children.
Rhonda Carlson
February 17, 2013
I will miss Denise's smiling face and cheery disposition. She was always so positive and a fabulous mother. She touched the lives of everyone she met and didn't have an enemy in the world. She is forever in my heart
Abigail Patten
February 17, 2013
Our prayers are with you all. Our heart aches for you,but we know that God has surrounded you with his love and we send our love as well.

James & Martha Relaford
James & Martha Relaford
February 17, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out for your family. May God's grace and mercy fill you in the coming days.
Brandon and Heather Willingham
February 17, 2013
The brethren at Maplewood Baptist in Martinsburg WV send our prayers to you all in your time of grief. Lean on Jesus and He will sustain you.
Julie Barton
February 17, 2013
May God continue to comfort you and your family at this time. We remember the passion for the gospel you both shared.
Mark & Linda Helmick
February 17, 2013
Our prayers for the family! Denise had such a wonderful testimony when she was at our church.
Bill and Deanne Mills
February 17, 2013
Oh how my heart aches for you and your children, Nathan. We will certainly uphold you in our prayers through all of this and through the years to come. May our gracious Lord and Savior guide you, comfort you, strengthen you and give you peace. You'll always be "my kid". Love, "Miss Eddy"
Alice Mosier
February 17, 2013
Dear Nathan and family,
You don't know us but we picked up your prayer card at a church a long time ago. We have been praying for you ever since. The prayer card only has you two and Seth on it. My wife's birthday is Feb. 3, 1970 and we were married on June 24, 1995. I am from Illinois but pastor Scripture Baptist ch in Lordsburg, NM. May God be your comfort in this very difficult time. We are praying for you and your family.
George Philhour and family
February 17, 2013
Sending our sincere sympathies in your time of loss. May you draw strength and comfort from our Lord and Savior.
Dan and Cindy Bonnette
February 17, 2013
My dear friend - I am so sad that you are gone. You were always my "kindred spirit." Doug, Diane, Deanna, and Nathan - know that I am grieving with you and am praying for all of you and the children.
Tammi Lyons
February 17, 2013
Nathan&Family, Words cannot express my sorrow or understanding of this unjust tragedy my prayers are with you.
Vickie Hand
February 17, 2013
May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you the peace, comfort, and strength that can only come from Him. Our heartfelt prayers are with you.
Ron and Kathy Sheaffer
February 17, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. We can't even begin to imagine the sorrow that your family and children are going through. You are all in our prayers. Love, Pastor Tommy and Cassandra McMurtry
Tommy McMurtry
February 17, 2013
OH, how our hearts ache for you! We have been continually praying for you through this trial of your faith. It is constantly on our minds! May God give you the strength and peace that passes all human understanding! He CARES FOR YOU!
Pastor & Mrs. Richard Nelson
February 17, 2013
I was given this when my dad pasted away ~ "May memories of beautiful times whisper their way into your heart and bring you peace." God Bless you all.
Steven Ray Family
February 17, 2013
To the Newton and Leuthold families, I send my sincerest sympathies. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Psalm 46:1-4;10-11
Lori Swearingen/bouslog
February 17, 2013
So sorry for your loss...My daughter knows Nathan from Maratha...will be much in prayer for the family.
judy watson
February 17, 2013
Praying for the comfort only God can give in your time of sorrow.
Cindy Turner
February 17, 2013
I met Denise and Nathan at Caprock Baptist Church in Amarillo, TX years ago when Seth was just a baby. We had so much fun together and I really regret that we lost touch. Denise was a very special lady and will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with the family during this painful time.
Sandra (Canter) Lassiter
February 17, 2013
Linda Menold- Eddy
February 17, 2013
Mr. & Mrs Newton, I can't express the sorrow I feel. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been praying for all the families. Seek comfort in God.
Kathy Trueblood
February 17, 2013
Sending out prayers and condolences to both families.
Anna Huskisson
February 17, 2013
To Denise.....and family I send my sincere truly sincere condolences at this time of tragic loss. Denise you will never be forgotten you were friends to many may you rest in His everlasting peace. God bless your soul my friend.
Tricia Goodrich-Berry
February 17, 2013
Our love and prayers going out to Nathan, the children, and all the family and friends that Denise left behind when she donned her Heavenly robe! She will live forever in our hearts.
John & Jeri Rogers
February 17, 2013
We are very sorry for your loss and will be praying for in this time of need
Ed Force
February 17, 2013
A few years ago we went to hear Nathan speak at a local church. Sorry, Nathan, but I don't remember a word you said. I do remember, very clearly, Denise singing though. When she sang "No One Ever Cared for Me like Jesus" you knew it came from her heart. It was beautiful.
We love you all,
Dustin & Naomi Markley
February 17, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family & sweet children of Denise. So sorry for your loss. At least you have the assurance that she is in a better place!
Haley Hinderliter
February 17, 2013
Praying for your family from Zambia, Africa. Although we did not meet personally, we were on deputation at the same time and saw your prayer cards on many foyer tables. We are asking for the Lord to be with you in a special way during this very trying time.
Andrew and Jill Schultz
February 17, 2013
We will see you again! We love you!
Lisa Bryan-King
February 17, 2013
Praying for the Leuthold & Newton family. Words cannot express what you must be going through.
Brenda Darr (Lock)
February 17, 2013
Denise will be greatly missed. Though I know I will see her again, and I can't wait!
May God be with all the family during this time.
Nathan, you and your family are in our prayers.
Justin, Teri and Jadzia Paxton
February 17, 2013
So sorry for your loss. She will be missed in our family.
Carol and James Goewey
February 17, 2013
My prayers go out to Bruce and his family. I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and guide you through your hard times.
Linda Leason
February 17, 2013
Praying for your family... friends with Nathan's sister Ruth
Marie Lindahl
February 17, 2013
Nathan, praying for you and your family in the days and weeks ahead. May you draw strength from The Lord and will experience how amazing His grace really is in times like these.
Angela Slate
February 17, 2013
Praying for peace and comfort from our Father in heaven
Nathan Lindahl
February 17, 2013
May God's Grace and Mercy sustain you in this time of loss.
Paul Leslie
February 17, 2013
Doug and Diane you are in my prayers LOVE IN CHRIST Gail and Mike Darling
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