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Leona Alma Uecker

Leona Alma Uecker, age 79 of Maple Lake, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

She was born May 28, 1926 in Albion Township, Wright County, the daughter of Reinhold and Alvina (Sandmann) Koepke. Leona was baptized June 8, 1926 by the Rev. Alfred Streufert; and instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith May 5, 1940 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township, by the Rev. William Kanning.

Leona and Lester H. Uecker were joined in holy marriage April 30, 1949 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church by the Rev. Herman Bentrup. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Lester and Leona engaged in dairy farming in Albion Township for many years.

Leona was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale.

She is survived by her husband, Lester H. “Lefty” Uecker; children Sharon (John) Schmitz of Annandale, Gail (Dave) Schwartz, and Sandy (Joe) Couette, all of Maple Lake; and Darrell (Margie) Uecker of New Hope; grandchildren Tony Schmitz, Tammy (Tim) Hinz, and Todd Schmitz; Troy (Stacy) Schwartz, and Tana, Matt, and Kim Schwartz; Aaron, Nate, and Heather Couette; and Natalie, Emma, and Jack Uecker; great grandchildren A.J. and Colby Hinz, and Sydney, Madison, and Carson Schwartz; sisters Erna (Henry) Steenerson and Ella Melinsky; and many other relatives and friends.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Reinhold and Alvina Koepke; and by an infant brother, Arnold Koepke.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale with the Rev. Thomas Queck officiating. Interment was in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in rural Annandale.

Kathy Queck was the organist, and the congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” and “For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest.”

Visitation took place Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Casket bearers were Tony Schmitz, Todd Schmitz, Troy Schwartz, Matt Schwartz, Aaron Couette, Nate Couette, and Jack Uecker.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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