Leona Brown, 92, died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Redwood Area Hospital in Redwood Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 22, 2013 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Redwood Falls. Burial will follow in the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be held Feb. 21 from 4-8 p.m. at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls and will continue Friday at the church for one hour prior to services. Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.
Leona Eleanor Brown was born July 7, 1920 in New Avon Township in Redwood County to Henry and Elsie (Raddatz) Geske. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Willow Lake, confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Wabasso, attended country school in rural Wabasso and later Wabasso Public School.
Leona was united in marriage to Vernon Brown June 30, 1943 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Wabasso. They lived on a farm near Delhi for 32 years then moved into Redwood Falls in December 1975. Leona worked at the Ehlers Store for 26-and-a-half years until the store closed. She then began doing alterations in her home until 2010.
She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Leona enjoyed baking, sewing, helping with farming and spending time with family and friends.
Leona is survived by her two daughters Sharon (Greg) Kritzeck of Clear Lake and Beverly (Gene) Nelson of Sanborn; a brother Vernon Geske of Green River, Wyo.; granddaughters Pam (Matt) Simonson of Becker and Paula (Mark) Just of Spooner, Wis.; grandsons Jason (Dana) Nelson of Morton, Eric Nelson (special friend Torrie Jordan) of Sanborn and Kirk (Sasha) Nelson of Branson, Mo.; great-grandchildren Bailey and Abby Nelson, Jacob and Zachary Simonson and sisters-in-law Helen Geske of Dallas, Ore., Marilyn Geske of Fargo, N.D. and Gladys Brown of Pine City. Leona is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1981; brothers Wilbur, Melvin and Everett; and sister-in-laws Anne Geske and Marion Geske.
Blessed be her memory.