Leona Stortz, 84, of Canton
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 3:37 AM
Leona M. Stortz, 84, of Canton, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the Shorewood Commons Assisted Living in Rochester.
She was born Feb. 26, 1929, to George and Celia (Kuhn) Frana on the family farm in rural Lime Springs, Iowa.
She graduated from the Riceville High School and then received her teaching certificate from Luther College in Decorah. She taught in one-room schoolhouses in Howard County.
On June 7, 1961, she married Joseph Stortz at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, Iowa. The couple farmed in Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota until moving to Canton in 1992. Her husband died on Oct. 19, 2001.
In 2009 she moved to Shorewood Commons and had resided there since. She was a member of the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel and its Altar Society. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, embroidery, needlepoint, baking, church activities, listening to polka music, watching parades, cheering on the Green Bay Packers and especially spending time with her family.
She is survived by five children, Leroy (Melissa) of Rochester, Jim (Julie) of Mabel, Marian (Mark) Johnson of Eagan, Carolyn (Kevin) Ryno and Shirley (Jerry) Sobolik both of Rochester; 16 grandchildren, Zachary, Ashley, Jeremy, Avery, Erica, Melissa, Sarina, Syeirra, Daniel, Kate, Alex, Jennifer, Nathan, Samantha, Dalton and Kristina; three great-grandchildren, Charley, Max and Emmett; five sisters and brothers, Sylvia Hayek of Fort Atkinson, Iowa, Gladys Ferrie of Kendallville, Iowa, Eileen (Pat) Sweeney of Elma, Iowa, Lawrence Frana of Lime Springs and David (Jackie) Frana of Walker, Minn., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; one sister, Marie Mashek and her husband, Alvin; brother-in-laws, Ray Ferrie, Ray Hayek and Harley Welscher, Sr., and sister-in-laws, Virginia Stortz and Mary Lou Bahr.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel with the Rev. Paul Heiting officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Canton. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel with the Rosary at 6:45 p.m. and one hour prior to services at the church.