Surrounded by her family on Jan. 20, 2015 Leona's journey on earth ended. She was born March 31, 1926.
One of 7 children born to Wilfred and Marion Schweitzer in Mildmay Ontario, Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters, 2 nieces and 2 nephews. Leona is survived by a sister, Doreen (William) Reodding and 4 children Barbara (Orlen) Butcher of Atlanta, Georgia, Brenda (Michael) Morrissy of Hampshire, Illinois, Bonnie (Gerad) Smid of Elgin, Illinois, and Robert A. (Toni) Barrow of Surprise Arizona, 6 grandchildren, Heidi (Rick) Ray of Dacula, Georgia, Chadd (Julia) Morrissy of Morris, Illinois, Robert Hilbert of Atlanta, Georgia. T.J. (Todd) Borst of Elgin, Illinois, Brittany (Ricardo) Velazquez of Elgin, Illinois, Tracy (Jim) Smid of Seattle, Washington. Also surviving are 9 great-grandchildren and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Leona was a Fox Valley resident for the past 53 years. Prior to retirement she worked for Crest Photo Lab in Elgin, her friendship with co-workers there continued for many years after she retired. She was a long time member of Trinity Methodist Church in Carpentersville, Illinois. In later years her grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave her much joy. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Though our hearts are heavy with sadness by her passing, there is also the feeling of comfort and peace. Graveside services and celebration of life will be held in Mildmay, Ontario, Canada. Local arrangements made by Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, Illinois. With much gratitude Leona's family would like to thank the staff of Tower Hill Health Care Center and JourneyCare Hospice for their compassionate care, comfort and numerous acts of kindness bestowed upon our mother while she was in your care.