Leona J. Ziehl, 77, of Bloomington, passed away June 4, 2018.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 11000 France Ave. South, Bloomington. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Reception to follow.
Interment will be at Bloomington Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Gill Brothers Funeral Home, Bloomington.
Leona was born to Albert E. and Jenna S. Smith at home in Lincoln, Minnesota on June 16, 1940. She attended Lincoln school in Staples for grades 1-6 and public school for grades 7-12 in Staples graduating in 1958. She entered Mankato State College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Biology in 1961. In 1987 she received her master’s degree.
On September 12, 1959 she married Melvin A. Ziehl in Lincoln at the Lincoln Community Church. Following graduation from college, she taught one year in Lake Crystal; two years in Japan and three years in Bermuda. Moving back to Lakeville, she returned to teaching in 1977 in Farmington. With a leave of absence, she went to Germany where she taught at Bitburg High School for three years. She retired from teaching in 1990 and moved to Prior Lake enjoying her retirement years gardening, quilting, traveling, volunteering at church and most of all her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Erich August Ziehl in 2002; three brothers, Roland, Rodney and Keith and one sister, Amy.
She is survived by one daughter Gretchen (David); granddaughter, Abby; grandson, Nathan; daughter-in-law, Erin; grandson, Joshua; granddaughter, Morgan; brother, Allen and their spouses and children’s families.