Leona Wegner, 97

Leona Elizabeth Wegner, age 97, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Sturgis Hospital.

Leona was born Aug. 25, 1912, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late August and Ella (Schweder) Siefert.

On Nov. 24, 1934, she married Harold C. Wegner in Sturgis. He preceded her in death on May 2, 2000.

Leona was a homemaker and had lived all of her life in the Sturgis area, graduating from Sturgis High School with the class of 1930. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis, and a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She sang in both choirs and many funerals and also WTRC Elkhart radio station.

She was a board member of Freedom and Fawn River school districts. She was a charter member of the original county school board and the now St. Joseph County ISD for 24 years.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy L. (Alvin) Inman, and a son, David L. (Diane) Wegner, both of Sturgis; seven grandchildren, Kalyn (Timothy) Pulling of Sturgis, Kurt (Marcia) Inman of Sturgis, Kristi (Michael) Bronstetter of Sturgis, Dawn (Corey) Kauffman of Sturgis, Donna Wegner (Rachael Byre) of Fort Wayne, Ind., Deedra (Craig) Triezenberg of Broomfield, Colo., and Danielle Wegner (Synda Gaglio) of Houston; 10 great-grandchildren, Eric (Jessica) Pulling of Raleigh, N.C., Jaime Pulling (Brenda Allen) of Dubbo, Australia, Ella Inman of Sturgis, Gretchen Inman of Sturgis, Hannah Bronstetter of Sturgis, Emma Bronstetter of Sturgis, Courtney (Tyler) Voorus of Broomfield, Alexa Kauffman of Broomfield, Tori Triezenberg of Broomfield and Maci Triezenberg of Broomfield; and a great-great-grandchild, Claire Pulling, of Raleigh.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Schipper Funeral Home in Colon and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. at the church, with the Revs. Calvin J. Kolzow Jr. and Michael A. Klafehn will officiate.

Burial will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

If desired, the family suggest memorials be made in memory of Leona to Trinity Lutheran Church. Envelopes are available at the Funeral Home and Church.

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