Leona Holles, 83, of Granville, IA, died Sunday, August 21, 2005, at Orange City Health System, Long Term Care in Orange City.
Leona Holles was born October 7, 1921 in rural Hospers, IA, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Boelens) Robinet. Leona was raised in the Hospers area and received her first year of education in the rural school system and the rest of her education at St. Anthony's Catholic School in Hospers. On May 6, 1941 she married Clarence Holles at Hospers. They made their home near Granville where they were engaged in farming. They moved into Granville in 1981 and continued to farm until retiring in 1988. Leona did cake decorating, which began with her making her own wedding cake, and continued to do this until 1971. She then operated her own floral business called "The Flower Cellar" out of her home from 1971 until the late 1980's. Clarence died July 8, 1996. In January of 2003 she became a resident of Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. In January of 2004 she entered Long Term Care. She continued to enjoy working with flowers even when she was in Long Term Care.
Leona was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph's Guild and a past officer, Catholic Daughters of America and a past officer, Christian Mothers of America, Granville Chamber of Commerce and was named citizen of the year in 1990 by the Chamber. On March 17, 2000 she received an award from the office of the bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City for 25 years of dedication to the art and environment of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Her home was open to every person who wanted coffee and a chat. She offered sweet treats, good friendship, a smile and a "Please come back".
Survivors include: one son and his wife, Lloyd and Betty of Granville; four daughters and their husbands, Toni "Cleo" and Bruce Rimbo of Ruidoso, New Mexico, Faye and Don Kellen of Spirit Lake, IA, Marguerite and Chuck Penning of Sioux City, IA, and Leann and Kevin Hatting of Le Mars, IA; one son-in-law, Warren Condon of Anaheim, CA; 18 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: a daughter, Carol Condon; two brothers, Jerome at birth and Peter and his wife Margaret Robinet.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville with Rev. Richard D. Ball officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Granville under the direction of Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen.
Visitation with friends anytime after 4:00 p.m. on today (Tuesday) with a parish rosary at 5:00 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville.
Casketbearers will be: Jeremy Kellen, Quint Holles, Donna Rimbo, Jon and Adam Penning, and Karen Hatting.