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Leona Mae French Soper
January 19, 1933 – September 20, 2015
Leona M. Soper, 82, of Monticello died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a period of declining health.
Funeral services were held 12 Noon Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, rural Monticello, with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery. Rev. Wade Reddy officiated at the services. Friends called after 10:00 Thursday at the church.
Leona’s family has entrusted her care and services to the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.
Surviving are her three children, Sandra (John) Brodersen, Olin, David (Jamie) Soper, Center Junction, and Patricia Klocke, Anamosa; seven grandchildren, Stacy (Kevin) Osterkamp, Nicki Brodersen, Andrea (Sheldon) Hunter, Jason (Mandy) and Josh (Adriel) Soper, Chad (Rachel) Klocke, and Jennifer Handel and finace’ Shane Yarrington; twenty-two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Betty Steenhoek, Springfield, Missouri, Delores (Harley) Dallege, Marion.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law, John Klocke, two brothers-in-law, Ron Remington and Dick Steenhoek.
Leona Mae French was born January 19, 1933 in Madison Township, Jones County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Myron and Clara (Eckstein) French. Leona graduated from the Wyoming High School with the class of 1951. Leona worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and at the Reliance Shirt factory in Anamosa. Leona Mae French married Glen Soper on May 26, 1951 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua.
The couple farmed in Jones County until 1998 when they moved to Monticello. Leona was an active member of the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church for many years.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 25 September 2015

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