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Leona Bussert

Saturday, July 23, 2011

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Funeral services for Mrs. Leona Bussert, of Spencer, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at First English Lutheran Church, in Spencer. Rev. Paul Kaldahl will officiate the service.

Visitation will take place Monday, July 25, at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, starting at 5 p.m., with family and friends present from 5-7 p.m.

Burial will take place at Alden Cemetery in Alden at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Bussert passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Leona Margaretha Bussert, the daughter of Otto and Anna Runge Lettow was born Jan. 19, 1914, in Buckeye Township, Ia. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Missouri Church in Buckeye.

Leona received her education in Buckeye, graduating from Buckeye High School in 1933. She grew up with a big interest in music art. She taught Bible School and Sunday School, while also being in the choir for many years.

Leona married Stanley Douglas in 1936. They made there home in Alden, Ia. To this marriage a daughter, De Anne, was born. Leona was appointed window clerk in the Post Office where she worked for many years. Stanley, later passed away of cancer in 1960.

Leona married Rev. Paul Bussert in 1964. After moving to Chicago, Ill., they moved back to Iowa in 1972. In 1979 they moved to Spencer, Ia. where they became members of First English Lutheran Church. Leona became librarian for the Thursday Night School, for nearly 17 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers: Gus, Martin, Everett and Elmer Lettow; two sisters: Luella Lettow and Patty Brinkmeyer; one daughter, DeAnne McGuire; one granddaughter, Molly Hiscocks; and two great-grandchildren: Emma Hiscocks and Charlie Hiscocks.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Rev. Paul Bussert; six step-children: Judy (Don) Schlueter of Detroit, Mich., Jeanie (Gary) Porter of Waynesville, Mo., Jerri (Steve) Johnson of Eagan, Minn., Mark (Jackie) Bussert of Elmhurst, Ill., Joy Bussert of Eagan, Minn. and Janelle Bussert of St. Paul, Minn.; three grandchildren: Jack, Doug (Tanya), and Ryan (Missy) McGuire; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Marge Stenceland; one son-in-law, Terry McGuire; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.