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Leona L. Mielke, 89

Leona Lydia Mielke, age 89, of Howard Lake, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.

She was born Nov. 2, 1920, in Rockford Township, rural Buffalo, the daughter of Herman and Dora (Schultz) Weege.  Leona was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church on Crawford Lake in Rockford Township. 

She was married to Alvin Mielke June 26, 1940, at her parents’ home by Reverend Bruns.  Their 48 years of marriage were blessed with the birth of four children; one son and three daughters. 

During their years of marriage, Leona was employed at Custer’s Super Valu, Howard Lake Drug, and in their own local business. 

In her younger years, she played softball for the town team and always enjoyed watching the Twins baseball games.  Playing harmonica and singing were some of her favorite pastimes, and she sang in the church choir for a number of years. 

Leona also enjoyed playing cards, gardening, canning, baking, and embroidery. 

She was a member of the St. James Naomi Guild and enjoyed making quilts for missions.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Dora Weege; husband Alvin; brother, Harold; sisters Marion and Laverne; and an infant daughter, Nila Jean.

She is survived by her son, Ronald and daughter-in-law, Pat Mielke of Plymouth; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lucille and Virgil Stenholm of Blaine, and Betty and Ernie Bastin of Mineola, TX; one brother, Orion Weege of Buffalo; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services took place Thursday, March 25 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with visitation one hour prior to services at church. The Revs. Martin Schoenfeld and Michael Nirva officiated at the funeral service. The organist was Nancy Butterfass. Interment followed at the Howard Lake City Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Troy Stenholm, Lyle Bastin, Brett Bastin, Gerald Uecker, Dale Engel, and Richard Frappier.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.