Leona M. Stortz, 84, of Canton, died Sunday, Feb., 2, 2014, at the Shorewood Commons Assisted Living in Rochester, Minn. Funeral mass is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel, with Monsignor Paul Heiting officiating. Burial is in the Calvary Cemetery in Canton. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel, with the rosary at 6:45 p.m.; and one hour prior to services at the church.
Leona was born Feb. 26, 1929, on the family farm in rural Lime Springs, to George and Celia (Kuhn) Frana. She graduated from the Riceville High School and then received her teaching certificate from Luther
College in Decorah. She taught in one-room schoolhouses in Howard County. She married Joseph Stortz June 7, 1961, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes. The couple farmed in Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minn. until moving to Canton in 1992. Joe later passed away Oct. 19, 2001. In 2009 she moved to Shorewood Commons and had resided there since. She was a member of the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel and its Altar Society. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, embroidery, needle point, baking, church activities, listening to polka music, watching parades, cheering on the Green Bay Packers and especially spending time with her family.
Leona is survived by five children: Leroy (Melissa) of Rochester, Jim (Julie) of Mabel, Marian (Mark) Johnson of Eagan, Minn. and Carolyn (Kevin) Ryno, and Shirley (Jerry) Sobolik both of Rochester; 16 grandchildren: Zachary, Ashley, Jeremy, Avery, Erica, Melissa, Sarina, Syeirra, Daniel, Kate, Alex, Jennifer, Nathan, Samantha, Dalton and Kristina; three great-grandchildren: Charley, Max and Emmett; five brothers and sisters: Sylvia Hayek of Fort Atkinson, Gladys Ferrie of Kendallville, Eileen (Pat) Sweeney of Elma, Lawrence Frana of Lime Springs and David (Jackie) Frana of Walker, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; a sister, Marie Mashek and her husband, Alvin; brothers-in-law: Ray Ferrie, Ray Hayek and Harley Welscher, Sr.; and sisters-in-law, Virginia Stortz and Mary Lou Bahr.