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Leona Mae Luerssen, 85 – Passed July 7, 2021

Leona Mae Luerssen, 85, of Cabool, Missouri, went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2021 following a long fight with cancer.

She was born on February 25, 1936 in Harvard, Illinois, the daughter of John and Mary (Drews) Krohn.

Leona married her high school sweetheart, Don Luerssen, on September 11, 1954 and to this union they were blessed with three children, Kathy, David and Michael. They made their home in Harvard and dairy farmed all of their lives. In 1998 they moved the family farm with their son, Mike and his family to Cabool.

Some of Leona’s greatest joys were her flowers, writing poetry, square dancing, spending time with friends and family, Farm Bureau and sewing clothes. She was a huge Cubs fan and a fan of anyone playing the Cardinals. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran in Harvard, Illinois, until their move in 1998; while there she was involved in the ladies’ circle, sang in the choir and was on the church council. At the time of her death, she was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willow Springs, Missouri, where she was active in Ladies’ Guild, wrote the church newsletter, counsel and church choir.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, George and Laura Luerssen; son, David; daughter, Kathy Penzol; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Myrl Nash; and brother-in-law, Larry Luerssen.

She is survived by her husband, Don of the home; son, Mike and wife Sandy of Cabool; daughter-in-law, Cindy Luerssen of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willow Springs with Pastor Scott Chamberlain officiating. A second visitation and service will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home in Harvard, Illinois, and 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvard. Interment will be in Bigfoot Cemetery in Harvard under the direction of Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home of Harvard. Local arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at