Leona Hemmes, 91
Leona Hemmes, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully June 30, 2017 at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center, Hallock, Minn., surrounded by family and compassionate care of nursing home staff.
Leona Cecelia Campeau was born in St. Vincent, Minn., December 31, 1925 to Irene (Parenteau) and Frank Campeau. She married Manuel Gooselaw December 31, 1941. They had five children. Manuel passed away February 6, 1961.
Leona married Wilbert Hemmes September 10, 1962. They had four children together. Wilbert was a widower with five children from his first marriage. He passed away on April 18, 1984.
Aside from being a busy wife and mother, Leona worked in retail, waitressed and was cook at Humboldt-St. Vincent Schools for several years. She was a member at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in St. Vincent and later Humboldt Methodist Church. Leona moved to Coon Rapids, Minn., in 1986. She became a member of Epiphany Catholic Church there and volunteered for many programs.
She is survived by her children; Philip “Jack” (Sandra) Gooselaw, Lake Stevens, Wash.; Patrick Schneider, Blaine, Minn.; Marilyn (Karl) Sylling, Spring Grove, Minn.; Reginald Hemmes, Las Vegas, Nev.; Brad (Susan) Hemmes, Humboldt, Minn.; Deborah (Jake) Kopylov, Denver, Colo.; Marshal (Lorna) Hemmes, Humboldt, Minn.; Denise Gruber, Clarksville, Tenn.; Darlyce Hemmes, Bellingham, Wash.; Todd Hemmes, Fridley, Minn. and Greg (Kim) Hemmes, Kennedy, Minn.; 30 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; two sisters, Benita Gregerson and Theresa Dismore; and a brother, John (Patricia) Campeau, all of Blaine.
Leona was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; children, an infant daughter, daughters, Eileen Hemmes and Judy Schneider; a son, Francis; son-in-law, Douglas Gruber; daughter-in-law, Phyliss Gooselaw; sisters, Marie, Evelyn, and Rita; brothers, Joe, Frank and Robert.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 7, 11 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Hallock. Interment was in St. Vincent Cemetery, St. Vincent, Minn. Visitation was held at the church for two hours prior to the funeral service. Fr. Craig Vasek, presided. Casket bearers were Leona’s grandchildren.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, was in charge of the arrangements.