Leona Schaefer, 93, Dale

leona schaeferLeona Schaefer, 93, of Dale, died Monday at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in St. Anthony October 3, 1922, to Hubert and Pauline (Altmeyer) Persohn. She married Hilbert B. Schaefer April 27, 1943, at St. Anthony Church. He died October 7, 2001.

Leona was retired from the St. Meinrad Abbey bakery. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dale and its Ladies Sodality and she enjoyed word games.

She is survived by three sons, Ron (Ridy) Schaefer and wife Ridy, Dale, and Gerald “Jerry” Schaefer and wife Ruth and Stan Schaefer and wife Linda, all of Jasper; one brother, Lawrence Persohn and wife Ramilda, Jasper; three sisters, Ardella Schneider and husband Pete, Ferdinand, Cora Fischer and husband Jim,  St. Meinrad, and Bonnie Fleck, Jasper; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four brothers, Ray, Ralph, Waltera, and Joe Persohn; two sisters, Ruth Knies and Madesta Persohn.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. (CST) Wednesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Church with burial following in the St. Ferdinand Catholic Church Cemetery

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