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Leona M. Yantes, 96

Leona M. Yantes, 96, of Watertown, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014.

She was born Feb. 27, 1918 in Delano, to Gehrman and Cecilia (Motzko) Socher.

Leona married Clarence Yantes Feb. 28, 1938. She was a farmer’s wife, and worked 16 years at Tonka Toys. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary of Czestochowa. Leona loved spending time with her family, cooking and gardening.

Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence.

She is survived by her children, Donald (Joan) Yantes, Barbara Kern, Kathleen Guetzkow, Carol Ketcher, Roxanne (Stephen) Danielson, Michael (Linda) Yantes, and Ronald Yantes; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at 11 a.m., at St. Mary of Czestochowa Church in rural Delano.

Visitation took place from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass at the church.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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