Leona Severtson, 89, Albert Lea
Published 9:12 am Friday, August 13, 2010
The funeral service for Leona K. Severtson of Albert Lea will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 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.
Leona died Thursday Aug. 12, 2010, at Thornecrest Retirement Center. She was 89 years old.
Leona Jorgensen was born March 4, 1921, in 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., 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: 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; sister, Lucille Short; brother-in-law, LeRoy Nielsen; father and mother-in-law: Alfred and Kathryn Severtson.