Leona Stueven, 97

Leona E. Stueven, age 97, of St. Cloud, longtime resident of Annandale, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at the St. Benedict Senior Community in St. Cloud.

Private family graveside services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale, with Rev. Tyler LaGrave officiating. The service will be live-streamed on the funeral home’s website. Leona’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Memorials are preferred, to Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale.

Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Annandale, www.dingmannfuneral.com.

Leona Elinor Stueven was born June 26, 1923, in Albion Township to Edward and Emma (Ruge) Schmidt. Leona attended school at Camp Lake Country School in Albion Township before attending Annandale High School.

Leona was united in marriage to Awalt E. Stueven in Maple Lake Nov. 12, 1947. Leona and Awalt made their home on the family farm in French Lake Township. While Awalt farmed, Leona cared for their home and assisted with the daily farm operations. They were blessed with five children.

In her later years, Leona volunteered at Bendix Elementary School as a Grandma, a position she volunteered at for many years. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she was part of the altar guild and Bible study.

In her spare time, Leona enjoyed crocheting, making craft projects, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Leona is survived by her children, Gene (Betty) of Annandale; Gerald (Cheryl) of Buffalo; Collene (Daniel) Fogarty of Howard Lake; and Kevin of St. Cloud; daughter-in-law, Bonnie (Mike) Kraemer of Watkins; 11 grandchildren, Sherry, Jeremiah, Ryan, Kelly, Tracy, Tami, Corey, Kristy, Daniel II, Shane, and Derek; 23 great-grandchildren, with one more expected in September; sister-in-law, Edna Stueven; and nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Emma; husband, Awalt; son, Clyde; and brother, Roland.

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