Lois M. (Swanson) Leksell (1921 - 2015)

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Lois M. (Swanson) Leksell, 94, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Wellington Heights.
She was born July 30, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Beulah (Henry) and Bernard Swanson.
On Jan. 16, 1940, she married William R. Leksell, who preceded her in death Sept. 18, 2009.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney where she served as a Deacon and an Elder and was also a Sunday School and Bible School Teacher.
She worked as a waitress for 29 years for at the Anchor Inn, Finley Hotel, and the Army and Navy Club. She also served on the election board for 30 years.
She was a lifetime member of the Friends of the Library and a charter member of the Historical and Genealogical Society, a member and chaplain of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a College of Reagents for the Moose. She loved bingo, reading, crocheting, fishing, hunting, bowling, and playing cards, traveling, and driving through the mountains and hills of Jefferson County. She also loved walking in the rain when it was warm.
She volunteered for the hospital and senior center for many years and was a former Punxsutawney High School Band President.
Surviving relatives include six children: Patty Kniseley and husband, Grant, of Knox Dale, Connie Brocious and husband, Terry, of Dayton, Mary Catherine "Mikki" Passmore and husband, Paul, of Cochranton, Sandy Hidinger and husband, Bill, of Sigel, Judy Heitzenrater and husband, Bill, of DuBois, and Debbie Eggleston and husband, Bernie, of Irwin; 28 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann Manners of St. Marys; three brothers: Don Swanson of Irwin, Frank Swanson of Erie, and John Swanson of Allenville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters: Marge Raybuck, Ellen Grube, and an infant Christine Swanson; and three brothers: Gustav Swanson Jr., Fred Swanson, Paul Raymond Swanson.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at the funeral home with the Rev. Brett Swanson officiating. Interment will be in Anita Community Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made, in memory of Mrs. Leksell, to the Punxsutawney Memorial Library or to the Punxsutawney Historical and Genealogical Society.
Online condolences may be made at www.deeleyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Courier Express from Sept. 21 to Sept. 22, 2015
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