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Leona Sawchak of Rapid City, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2023, with her family lovingly by her side. She was 90 years old.
She was born September 28, 1932 in Ihlen, MN, to Frank and Alvina Reimers. She attended school in Ihlen, graduated and moved with a friend to Minneapolis, MN. On a trip to Macon, GA, she met her husband, John. They were married in 1949 and were together for 45 years. John's military career moved them to different areas including Japan and Spain. Together they had 5 children. John, Mike, Steve, Tom & Maria. After John retired, they settled in Marshall, MN, where Leona worked as a CNA at a local nursing home. John passed away in 1994 and Leona decided to move closer to her daughter in Rapid City, SD. She enjoyed traveling to visit her sons and loved vacations with her daughter, cooking family favorites or going out to dinner. Leona was happiest when surrounded by family and always put them first. Her grandchildren were her greatest treasure...She was kind, loving and generous. Her bright blue eyes and warm smile lit up the room. As long as her family was near, she was happy. Her family grieves her loss but take comfort in knowing that she is with her husband again.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers and sister.
Survivors include, sons, John-Scranton, PA-Mike (Donna)-Naugatuck, CT-Steve (Sharon)-Pittsboro, NC,-Tom-Marshall, MN- daughter Maria (Travis)-Rapid City, SD-7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren-brother Bill (Marge) Stewartville, MN.
A memorial service will be held at Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall, MN. July 14, 2023 at 10am.
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