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Leona Odegarden

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Leona Odegarden

Leona Allene Odegarden, 89, of Chatfield, Minn. died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where she had resided for 5 months.

Leona was born Jan. 23, 1923, in rural Stewartville to Chris Groen and Agnes (Vander Aarde) Groen. She attended grade school and high school in Chatfield, graduating in 1940. On Oct. 7, 1941,she married Cyrus E. Odegarden in Pilot Mound, Minn. Leona was a homemaker, and also worked at IBM, Rush Products, Chatfield Bakery and the Chatfield Hotel. Cyrus was a farmer and worked at IBM.

She was a member of the Pilot Mound Lutheran Church. Leona was a great cook; she especially enjoyed treating all the kids to fantastic cake donuts. She also enjoyed playing the organ, sewing, knitting, loved to travel, and play cards with friends. Leona was a great quilter. She loved the bonfires at the farm, Rosemaling, auxiliary at the Methodist Hospital, doing pottery and boating on the Mississippi.

She will be greatly missed by her family and all that knew her.

Leona is survived by three children, Carmen (Ralph) McGuire of Byron, Minn.; Thomas Odegarden of Minnetonka, Minn; and Jean Odegarden of Chatfield; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ivadean Isensee of Stewartville, Minn; and Emily Hoffman of Chatfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cyrus; a brother, Andrew; and a sister, Geneva.

The funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the Pilot Mound Lutheran Church in rural Chatfield, with Rev. Ron and Janet Warnes officiating. Burial was in Pilot Mound Cemetery.

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