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Leona F. (Freese) Kreye

April 1, 2018

Leona F. Kreye, age 104 and 10 months, died Easter Sunday morning, April 1, 2018 at St. Elizabeth’s Health Care Center in Wabasha.  She was born May 30, 1913, the daughter of Joseph and Cecelia (Plein) Freese of Kellogg.  She married Clem C. Kreye November 27, 1935 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg.  The couple moved to Wabasha and resided on the Kreye family farm raising their family there.  Clem died September 29, 1990.

Leona was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church, its Council of Catholic Women and a longtime member of the National Catholic Society of Foresters.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and tending to flower gardens.  She also loved spending time with her friends in their sewing club over the years.

She is survived by five children, Clem (Virginia) Kreye, Rome, GA, Carol (Edmund) Thornton, Lake City, MN, Phyllis Kennebeck, St. Paul, MN, Bruce Kreye, Farmington, MN, Lucinda (Jon) Peters, Lake City, MN; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister-in-law, Gloria Freese, La Crescent, MN; nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Clem, son, Norman, brothers, Edwin, James and Joseph Freese, and sisters, Viola Schad and Dorothy Plank.

A funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:30am at St. Felix Catholic Church with the Reverend Father Gregory Parrott officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Felix Cemetery.  Casket bearers and honorary bearers will be her grandsons.  Family and friends may call at the church on Friday from 10am until the time of service.  Memorials are preferred to St. Felix School, 130 3rd St. E., Wabasha, MN  55981 or to St. Elizabeth’s Health Care Center, 626 Shields Ave., Wabasha, MN  55981.  The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements.

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