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Leona R. Busch Westphal
April 16, 1921 – September 24, 2015
Leona R. Westphal, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa.
A celebration of Leona’s life was held at 1 P.M. Monday, September 28, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation was held prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church. Burial was at the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.
Leona R. Westphal was born in Jackson County, Iowa, south of Baldwin to John C. A. and Caroline (Kokemuller) Busch on April 16, 1921. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church at Nashville, Iowa, and affirmed her baptism at Zion Luthern Church in Wyoming, Iowa.
She attended country school, Sharon, in Clinton County. She attended and graduated from Wyoming High School in 1939. Following high school graduation, she enrolled in the nursing program at Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton, graduating in May of 1942. She took her registration exam in Des Moines and was then employed at Jane Lamb Hospital as an assistant supervisor in the medical area. She remained there until January of 1944.
On January 24, 1944, she was united in marriage to Edwin H. Westphal. They farmed in the Jones county area near Wyoming. Leona spent thirteen weeks at the University of Iowa Hospital for treatment of poliomyelitis in 1947. She made a good recovery within two years.
Leona remained a housekeeper until 1960 when she began working part time at the Brandt Nursing Home as a registered nurse. In 1974 she was employed at the Jackson County Public Hospital skilled nursing unit.
She also taught Sunday School at Zion Lutheran in Wyoming, was active in the women’s organization and served six years as secretary to the church council. After moving to Maquoketa, she became more involved in her mother’s welfare. She was active in the women’s organization at First Lutheran church and served as an officer for several years.
In 1988 she began to experience symptoms of post polio syndrome, retiring in May of 1988 from the Jackson County Public Hospital.
Leona enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and both vegetable and flower gardening.
Leona is survived by two sons, Leslie (Judy) Westphal of Oswego, IL., and Duane Westphal of Maquoketa; two daughters, Barbara Hueneke of Bellevue, IA, and Marilyn (Dale) Belter of Covington, WA; brother Virtes Busch and sister Darlene Small, both of Maquoketa, brother Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA; sister-in-law Eilene Busch of Maquoketa; seven grandchildren, Laurie (Jody) Martens of Bellevue, Jennifer (Brett) Shaw of Dubuque, IA, Lisa Hueneke of Landers, WY, Whitney Westphal of Chicago, IL, and Sarah, Kelly and Robert Belter of Covington, WA; three great-grandchildren, Mckenna Martens and Eric and Isaac Shaw; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, infant grandson, husband Edwin, sister Irene Wyatt, brother Emmett Busch, sister-in-law Donna Busch, nephews Charles and Keith Wyatt, James Small and Kim Busch, two brothers-in-law Donald Small and Robert Wyatt and son-in-law Philip Hueneke.
We thank Mom’s caregivers, Hospice of Jackson County and Home Instead Senior Care for all of the kind and compassionate care. It was greatly appreciated.

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Source: Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, Maquoketa, Iowa, September 30, 2015

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