Leona Heinecke

Leona M. Heinecke, 83, of Motley passed away August 6, 2019 at Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples.

Funeral services were held August 10 at the Taylor Funeral Home in Staples with Pastor Greg Leslie officiating.  

Burial was at Buffalo Lake City Cemetery in Buffalo Lake. 

Leona was born on September 10, 1935 in Hutchinson to Theodore and Martha Schlueter. She was united in marriage to Delano Heinecke on December 5, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Mills. The couple lived in St. Paul then moved to Aurora, CO while Delano served in the US Army. They later farmed and milked cows in Cedar Mills, before their final move to Motley. Leona worked for 3M, as a daycare provider and home health aide. She enjoyed traveling to Canada, most of the states in the continental U.S., Germany and Holland. Leona collected refrigerator magnets and salt and pepper shakers. Her hobbies included crocheting, reading, sewing, baking, jigsaw puzzles and camping. Leona will be remembered for her love of Christmas and her visits with friends and family.  

She is survived by two sons, Dean (Wanda) Heinecke and Mark Heinecke; one daughter, June (Terry) Little; 10 grandchildren, David, Daisy, Chris, Mike, Tony, Tim, Andy, Christy, Lisa, Joshua; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and her special daycare grandkids. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two daughters, Barbara Geisler, Faye Verdon; infant grandson, Justin Heinecke; and seven siblings.

Arrangements are with the Taylor Funeral Home in Staples.

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