Leona J. Summers was born July 8, 1919 in Alexandria, SD to Barney and Angela (Schroeder) Majerus. She attended school in Alexandria, graduating from high school in 1937. On May 2, 1946, she married Charles H. Summers.
Leona was an officer at Commercial Bank in Mitchell where she worked for 20 years until her retirement. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, altar society, and prayer group. She volunteered at Brady Memorial Home and enjoyed her 500 card group for over 50 years.
She enjoyed needle work, knitting, crocheting and crewel. As her eyesight failed, she made knotted cord rosaries which were distributed to many people around the world.
Leona was a great listener with a quiet presence, which left joy in all her loving relationships as wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She is survived by 3 daughters: Mary Schumacher and husband Frank of Blair, NE; Carol and husband Dale Sorenson of Oak Park, Il; Janet and husband Reed Smith of Tucson, AZ; three sons; Raymond Summers and wife Colette of Keystone, SD; Frank Summers of Omaha, NE; Barney Summers and wife Robin of Indianapolis, IN; eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a step-grandchild, and a sister Dorothy Heinz, Mitchell, SD.
Leona is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Charles Summers.
Memorials are preferred and may be directed to:
· Holy Family Church Restoration Fund, 222 N. Kimball Street, Mitchell, SD 57301
· Division of Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Department of Human Services, Attn: Gaye Mattke, 3800 East Highway 34, Hillsview Properties Plaza, Pierre, SD 57501.