Leona Maxine Troester

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Leona Maxine Troester, 88, Monona, died Monday, March 9, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor. 

Leona was born on Dec. 1, 1926, rural Monona, to Ray and Hazel (Frink) Rush. She was baptized and confirmed at the Rossville Presbyterian Church in Rossville, Iowa, on Dec. 25, 1938. Leona attended Jefferson Township Country School until it closed. She then attended school in Waukon, graduating from Waukon High School with the class of 1947.

Leona helped her father on the farm and was a baby sitter for families while their mothers taught school. She also worked for the Fred Groth Turkey Plant in Postville. Leona was united in marriage to Arthur Troester on June 21, 1958, at the Rossville Presbyterian Church. One son, Allan, was born to this union. They bought the farm south of Monona in 1962 and farmed together for a short time. Arthur passed away on July 14, 1962. In 1982, Leona and her brother-in-law, Philip Troester, moved to Monona. 

Leona enjoyed country music, listening to the radio, hand quilting and playing cards. She was a member of the Friendship Club, Rossville Presbyterian Church and the United Presbyterian Women. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Allan (Laurie) Troester, Monona; two grandchildren, Aaron and Ashley Troester; one sister, Darlene Leas, Rossville and her nieces, nephews and cousins.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Hazel Rush; husband, Arthur Troester; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth (Clarence) Brandsmeier and brother-in-law, Neil Leas.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at the Rossville Presbyterian Church, Rossville. The Rev. Gary Catterson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9 - 11am Saturday at the church.

Burial will follow at the Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa.

Condolences may be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com.

Leonard – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements. 

 
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