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Leona K. Ditsch, 85

Leona Katherine Ditsch, age 85, of Waconia, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at the Auburn Home in Waconia.

She was born March 2, 1923, in Laketown Township, Carver County, the daughter of Victor and Frances (Rief) Schindler. Leona was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia.

She was united in marriage to Sylvester J. Ditsch June 4, 1946, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, Leona enjoyed playing cards, tatting, embroidering, quilting, and traveling, especially to any family parties to enjoy her family.

She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where she would often help her sister at the school cooking. Leona was a member of and served as president of Catholic Aid Association.

Leona was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and an active member of Seniors for Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester; daughter Mary Ditsch; mother and father, Victor and Frances Schindler; sisters Bernadette McGovern, Katie Schindler, and Pauline Schmitz; and a brother, Victor Schindler Jr.

Leona is survived by her loving family: children and spouses Frances and Roger Kramer of Norwood, George Ditsch of Young America, Irene Paul of Chaska, and Leon Ditch and Ann Rivers of Excelsior; grandchildren Phillip and Shannon Kramer, Paula and Marcus West, Rebecca Ditsch, Erin and Joel Amdol, Trude and Jonathan and Yarger, Alex Ditsch, Russel and Kelly Paul, and Jennifer and Bill Masterman; and great-grandchildren Evan, Trevor and Brienna Kramer, Ethan West, and Luke and Dane Paul.

She is further survived by sisters and brother-in-law Frances Kopp of Waconia, and Rose and Don Leisen of Maple Grove; brother and sisters-in-law Florian and Judy Schindler of Young America, and Lorraine Ditsch of Watertown; brother-in-law Sylvester Schmitz of Excelsior; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial Friday February 6, 2009 10:30 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia with Father Larry Blake as Celebrant of the Mass. Visitation Thursday 4-8 P.M. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and 1 hour before the Mass at church. Final resting place St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Leona’s grandchildren, Alex Ditsch, Russel Paul, Rebecca Ditsch, Phillip Kramer, Erin Amdol, and Trude Yarger, were her casket bearers.

Arrangements were made with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia; online condolences at www.johnsonfh.com.