Leona Severtson, 89, Albert Lea

Published 1:29 pm Saturday, August 14, 2010

The funeral service for Leona K. Severtson of Albert Lea will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Curtis Zieske will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Crossroads Community Hospice of Albert Lea.

Leona Severtson

Leona died Thursday Aug. 12, 2010, at Thornecrest Retirement Center. She was 89 years old.

Leona Jorgensen was born March 4, 1921, Freeborn to Fred and Amanda (Hansen) Jorgensen. She attended Freeborn School and graduated in 1939 and then attended Minneapolis Business College. Leona was baptized and confirmed in the Danish Lutheran Church. Leona Jorgensen wed Val (Bud) Severtson in 1941, in the Alden Danish Lutheran Church. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1991. To this union three children were born: Barbara, John and David. Leona was employed in the office of Wilson & Co. in Albert Lea. Returning after raising a family to the Test Desk at the plant. Later, she sold real estate for Hellie Real Estate for 18 years. Leona was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, VFW and American Legion Auxiliary, Senior Center and Sunbeam Mission Circle. She also enjoyed crocheting and making baby blankets for others. Leona belonged to several bridge and 500 clubs. Leona’s family was very important to her, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were the highlight of her life.

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Leona is survived by her daughter: Barbara Donica and friend Billy Bingham of Frankfurt, Ky., and her children, son: Aaron (Heather) Heilman and their children: Quinten and Gaven; daughter Stephanie (Alan) Bryant and their children: Katlene, Olivia and Tyler; son: John (Becky) Severtson and their children: Jessica, Jeremiah and Tabatha Severtson and Tabatha’s children: Justin and Cheyenne; son: David’s daughters: Stacia Hernandez and her children Sabia and Tavis and Brandi (Rob) Wright and their child Blake; special niece and nephew: Nancy (Milo) Fencel and Steven Nielsen.

Leona is preceded in death by her parents: Fred and Amanda Jorgensen; husband: Val Severtson; son: David Severtson; sister: Lucille Short, brother-in-law: LeRoy Nielsen; father and mother-in-law: Alfred and Kathryn Severtson.