Leona McDermond, 90Leona Mathilda McDermond, 90, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Leona Mathilda McDermond, 90, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Leona was born March 23, 1921 in Holloway, the daughter of Jake and Emma (Wedger) Leese. She grew up in the Kerkhoven area and graduated from Kerkhoven High School. Leona was a hard worker all her life as a waitress for several different restaurants.
Leona was united in marriage to Joseph McDermond. The couple lived in the Twin Cities after their marriage and retired to the Villard area, where they enjoyed living on the lake. Leona loved fishing, gardening, bird watching and entertaining guests.
She will be remembered fondly for hosting picnics in the back yard, serving her famous fried chicken and potato salad. After the death of her husband Joe, Leona moved to Bethel Manor in Alexandria, where she enjoyed playing cards, games, and doing puzzles with her friends at the apartment.
She is survived by stepchildren, Gene McDermond (RuthAnn) of Spicer, Patrick McDermond (Alina) of Phoenix, AZ, Curtis McDermond of Hoffman, and Lana Kotzenmacher (Gene) of Alexandria; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members who came to know Leona as their mother, as well.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; parents; brothers and sisters, Jacob Leese, William Leese, Viola Stoneberg and Harry Leese.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 6 at Bethany Chapel with the Rev. Andrea Olson officiating. Burial was at Lake Amelia Cemetery near Villard. Pallbearers were Mike DeRoo, Gene Kotzenmacher, Jason Fisher and Joe Denny.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.