Leona Sophie Schultz (Gennrich) (Dietel), age 102, of Winsted, and formerly of Glencoe, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Winsted.
She was born Nov. 8, 1915, in Todd County, near Bertha, to John and Lucy (Hoof) Dietel. Leona was baptized Dec. 5, 1915, by the Rev. Otto Repp at Evangelical Church in Bertha.
The family moved to Lester Prairie around 1920, where Leona attended District #5 school until eighth grade.
She was confirmed April 30, 1930, by Pastor E. J. Becker at the United Church of Christ in Lester Prairie. Her confirmation verse was Psalms 111:10.
Leona attended Lester Prairie High School for two years until she was sent out to work on area farms. She worked on Sauter’s farm in the Norwood Young America area, and at the Bandemer’s near Lester Prairie.
Leona was married to Gerhard “Dick” Gennrich May 19, 1943, at the United Church of Christ by the Rev. H. R. Burkett. They were blessed with two wonderful daughters, Margel and Carol.
Leona was a 4-H sewing leader, taught Sunday school, was active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and did lots of canning and freezing of vegetables and fruits for sauce.
Leona and Dick farmed for 26 years on a small farm just outside of Lester Prairie until Dick passed away May 23, 1970.
Leona then did sewing, both new and alterations; made Barbie doll clothes, worked at the Alice Haney Nursing Home Annex, and cleaned houses.
She was married to Clarence Schultz Jan. 16, 1976, at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church by the Rev. A. Rasch, and they made their home in Glencoe. The couple did a lot of traveling, which included trips to Europe, Israel, and Alaska. They were married for 13 years before Clarence passed away June 9, 1989.
A very giving person, Leona worked as a volunteer hairdresser at the Glencoe Long Term Care facility for many years, and also crocheted baby caps for newborns.
She was a resident at Orchard Estates in Glencoe for 22 years, until she had a stroke in 2015.
Leona’s favorite hobbies and pastimes included playing games, cards, fishing, doing puzzles, knitting, embroidery, crocheting, watching baseball games (her grandsons and the Twins), and going on outings whenever someone asked her to go along.
She lived her faith openly and enjoyed singing hymns, even while she was in hospice. When asked what her secret was to aging, she replied, “I just live every day the Lord gives me.”
Leona is survived by her daughters, Margel Kirchhoff and her husband, Rodger, of New Germany, and Carol Wolter of Winsted; grandsons, Greg (Melissa) Kirchhoff, and Brian Kirchhoff; step grandchildren, Shelly (Dale) O’Groske, Nichole (Dan) Stowers, Sonya Maldeney-Cull, and Noel Schultz; and great-granddaughter, Keira Kirchhoff.
She is further survived by step great-grandchildren Reed O’Groske, Ryan O’Groske, Nicholas Stowers, Carolyn Stowers, Alex Maldeney, and Caroline Cull; brother-in-law Alvin Westphal; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
In addition to her husbands, Leona was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lucy Dietel; a grandson, Chad Kirchhoff; step children Rodney Schultz, Ross Schultz, and Dana (James) Reed; siblings Clarence (Ora) Dietel, Elmer (Cecelia) Dietel, Ray (Delores) Dietel, Irene (Hugo) Klaustermeier, Linda (Gilbert) Hoernemann, and Adela (Stanley) Rustad; and brothers and sisters-in-law Lorena (Arthur) Dammann, Malinda Westphal, Albert Schultz, and Elmer (Mahala) Schultz.
Funeral services took place Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment following at the church cemetery. The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated at the services; Jane Holasek was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Just As I Am,” “Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us,” “I’m But A Stranger Here,” “Abide With Me,” and “Silent Night.”
Casket bearers were Orlin Hoernemann, Dale Dietel, Roger Dietel, David Rustad, Ray Hoernemann, and Louis Dammann.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.