Leona Goebel, 86, of Granville, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
Leona was born April 11, 1924, at rural Remsen, the daughter of Leo and Marie (Wohles) Thommes. She was raised in Remsen area and received her education at both the rural school system and St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. She then spent several years working in farm homes in the Remsen and Granville area. From 1941 to 1943 she was employed as a nurse's aide at Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars, and then from 1943 until her marriage she was employed at Meis and O.P. Skaggs Grocery Store in Le Mars.
On Jan. 29, 1946, she married Magnus Goebel at Le Mars. They made their home two miles north of Granville where they were engaged in farming for 64 years up until the time of Magnus's death Sept. 21, 2010.
Leona entered the Happy Siesta Oct. 15, 2007. They loved sitting together holding hands and enjoying each other's company.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Church Guild in Granville.
Besides caring for her family, home and garden over the years she enjoyed selling Avon, Fulller Brush and Figurettes.
As a hobby she found time to make quilts for her children and grandchildren. She looked forward to yearly vacations with Magnus to Florida.
A favorite past time for her and Magnus was playing cards, having coffee and cookies with family and friends.
Leona will be remembered for her smile, her laughter and her chocolate chip cookies.
Survivors include her seven children, Leo Goebel and his wife, Jackie (Gregory) of Vincent, Robert Goebel and his wife, Rita (Pageler) of Granville, Diane (Goebel) Heuertz of Remsen, Mary Ann (Goebel) Van Surksum and her husband, Roger of Pensacola, Fla., Donald Goebel and his wife, Marian (Pottebaum) of Sioux Falls, S.D., Leonard Goebel of De Soto, Kan., and Carol (Goebel) Oolman and her husband, Jon of Lead, S.D.; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Katherine Dreckman and her husband, Cletus of Le Mars, Vitelina Penning and her husband, Andrew of Granville, and Dorothy Tillotson of Rockford, Ill.; two brothers-in-law, Firman Goebel and his wife, Rosanne of Worthington, Minn., and John Gerald Goebel and his wife Mary Ann of Granville; five sisters-in-law, Joan Thommes of Omaha, Neb., Joan Loutsch and her husband, Ray of Oyens, Arlene McDermott of Kingsley, Mary Estella Murphy of Cherokee, and Angeline Goebel of Worthington, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bill Thommes; four brothers-in-law, Odilo, Ivan and Linus Goebel, and Don Tillotson; and one sister-in-law, Vivian and her husband Pete Homan.
Funeral serviceS were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville with the Rev. Richard Ball and the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Granville. Visitation was anytime after 4 p.m. Sunday, with a parish rosary at 5 p.m., and vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville.
Casketbearers were Greg and Bill Penning, Gary Dreckman, Fran and Hank Goebel, Brad Tillotson.
Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Condolences may be sent online towww.fischfh.com.