Leona A. Speiker

Leona A. Speiker, age 97 of Prior Lake, entered eternal life on Saturday, February 16, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon on Friday, February 22, 2019 with a visitation starting at 9:30AM, all at St. Michael Catholic Church, Prior Lake.

Leona will be laid to rest at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Father Tom Walker will preside and pallbearers will be Rick Klehr, Paul Hentges, Chuck Speiker, Jim Conroy, Kyle Tolzmann, Anthony Tolzmann, and Dominic Belden.

On May 4, 1921, Leona Ann Hentges was born on the family farm near Marystown to parents Jacob and Mary (Breeggemann) Hentges. Leona was the sixth of nine children to be raised in a German speaking household. It wasn’t until beginning school that Leona learned English. Along with her siblings, she walked nearly three miles to attend Marystown Catholic School.

Growing up during the Great Depression and the death of her father taught Leona many lessons—she quickly understood the importance of faith, family, and hard work. After completing the 8th grade, Leona began nannying in St. Paul. A few years later, she moved to Prior Lake to nanny for the O’Keefe family and waitress on the weekends. Later in life, Leona would run the Prior Lake Variety store and work at Lakeside Industries. She also cleaned homes until her retirement.

While nannying in Prior Lake, Leona met Anthony Speiker. On October 24, 1942, Leona and Anthony exchanged wedding vows at Holy Family Catholic Church in Columbus, GA. Not long after, Anthony was deployed. Unafraid to travel alone, Leona took the train to New York to see him off.

Leona’s life was blessed with a loving, tightknit family. Leona took pride in being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother! She helped raise her grandchildren and doted upon them. Her love of family extended beyond her immediate family. She was a family historian and loved chatting with her relatives.

Along with her family, Leona traveled extensively. She enjoyed going up north, visiting Europe, Panama, Canada, and other destinations across the United States. Leona enjoyed reading, embroidery, ceramics, cross stitching and was an avid card player—she played cards almost everyday of the week with her different groups! A dedicated woman, Leona was a charter member of the Prior Lake VFW Auxiliary.

Leona had a servant’s heart and was gracious to everyone she met. She was conscientious, classy, and truly devoted to her family.

Leona is loved and missed by her sons, Anthony Speiker, Ed (Jenny) Speiker; daughter-in-law, Liz Speiker; grandchildren, Ann Speiker, James (Angela) Speiker, Maria (Mark) Belden, Adriana Speiker, Sara (Brett) Wintheiser; great-grandchildren, Kyle Tolzmann, Colby Tolzmann, Anthony Tolzmann, Dominic Belden, Adriana Belden, Quentin Belden, Emma Speiker, Aria Speiker, twins Elizabeth Wintheiser and Olivia Wintheiser; sister, Marie Spoerner; many nieces and nephews; other loving relatives and friends.

There to greet Leona in Heaven are her husband, Anthony; son, James “Jim” Speiker; parents, Mary and Jacob Hentges; 7 siblings and their spouses.


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  1. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  2. Maureen Peterson & Family

    Please accept my sincere sympathy on the death of dear Leona. I had many pleasant visits with her and Liz at St. Gertrude’s. My fondest memories are of teaching her four grandchildren in fourth grade at St. Michael’s School. We have a special angel in heaven watching over us.

  3. No matter what is going on in our lives, God knows exactly what we need and when. My prayers for you during this time of loss. I pray you feel the love and comfort of God today. Sending caring thoughts and love during this difficult time. I am praying for you.

  4. Katie and Steve Muhlenhardt

    Dear Family, we r so sad to hear of Leona’s passing. She and Liz and I have had a few laughs together and we got to have good visits on occasion also. I know you will miss her as will many. Gone but not forgotten. Blessing.

  5. Patti & Mike Melcher

    Big HUGS to your family, Your Mom was a very sweet friendly gal,

  6. Darlene & Rich Davidson

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We enjoyed our time visiting with Leona at the gazebo at St. Gertrude’s.

  7. Cliff & Mary Klehr

    Dear Famiky,
    In Gratitude for your mother & the way she took care of your Dad & walked him home to eternal life. She had been very fragile waiting for God’s call. We ministered to her every Sunday at Mass with music. Know that she will be missed! Our prayers & love as you celebrate her life & her love for God!

  8. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. She lived a lot of years which has built up many dear memories for you all. Hold those memories close and share them. Thinking of you.

  9. To my best friend Ed and his family. Sadly my wife Cheryl and I will be out of State and not be able to attend the funeral for Leona. I’ll always remember her, through Ed and my childhood, as a friendly and caring mother to her boys who at times were a challenging trio! But she remained stoic and was there for Tony Sr. and her sons when they needed her. She was a good friend to my mother Babe and always had kind words for everyone.

  10. Liz, so sorry to hear of Leona passing away. She was a great lady. Prayers for the family.

  11. Judy and Ken Ahlberg

    With sympathy to all the Speiker family. Treasure and enjoy your memories of this very special lady.

  12. Terry Speiker and Bill Brumfield

    Dear family,
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss of Leona. She was a courageous and gracious lady who shared her talents and wisdom with so many people. I consider myself blessed to have known her as a truly wonderful auntie to the Speiker cousins! Our prayers will be with you as you celebrate her life.

  13. So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. Our sympathy, Kathy & Al Monnens

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