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Leona Eustice, 92, of Waseca passed away Monday, September 4, 2017 at the Homestead Hospice House of Owatonna, with her family by her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 Friday, September 8, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Waseca. Visitation will be 4:00 7:00 pm Thursday, September 7 at the Starkson & Steffel Funeral Home ~ McRaith Chapel of Waseca, with prayer service at 7:00pm. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery of Waseca. Arrangements are with the Starkson & Steffel Funeral and Cremation Services~ McRaith Chapel of Waseca. www.wasecafuneral.com
Memorials are preferred to the Homestead Hospice House of Owatonna.
Leona was born December 1, 1924 to John and Agnes (Kainz) Mathiowetz in Sleepy Eye, and attended rural school in Morgan.
She worked at the Automatic in Mankato after her schooling.
On April 7, 1956 Leona Mathiowetz married Eugene Eustice at St. Peter and Pauls Catholic Church in Mankato, and together they raised three children on the family farm.
Leona enjoyed her duties on the farm from gardening and canning vegetables, tending to her flowers and plants and sewing anything from decorations to clothes. She loved to cook meals for friends and family, and her baking was second to none! Her banana cream pie, lemon meringue and cookies were the best.
She will be remembered for her kind spirit, generosity and dedication to her family near and far.
Leona is survived by her husband of 61 years, Eugene; children, Lynette Brandt; Denise (Paul) Britton and Keith (Kelly) Eustice all of Waseca; grandchildren, Angela (Matt) Huset, Michael (Emily) Britton, Kevin (Kalie) Britton, T.J. (Anne) Neal, Tyler and Travis Neal, Ryan and Sam Eustice; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Bernadine Mathiowetz and Mildred Mathiowetz.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Willard Brandt; brothers, Thomas, Benedict, Aloysius and Othmar.
Published on September 5, 2017
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