Leona Schwarzrock

GAYLORD — Leona Schwarzrock, age 94, of Gaylord passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN.

Funeral Service will be Friday, October 16, 2020, 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville, Dryden Township, Sibley County, with Reverend Harold Storm officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville, Dryden Township, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Leona Emma Schwarzrock was born on August 1, 1926, in Glencoe Township, McLeod County, MN. She was the daughter of Henry and Elisa (Buckentine) Thiesfeld. Leona was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe, MN. She attended First Lutheran School in Glencoe. She worked at Strutwear Corporation and as a domestic worker for various families.

On March 22, 1947, Leona was united in marriage to Melford Schwarzrock at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe, MN. They moved to the Schwarzrock family farm, rural Brownton, and then later to the Gaylord area where they continued to farm for 50 years. In 2000, they moved into Gaylord. They thoroughly enjoyed their life in a friendly, small town neighborhood. They were blessed with three children. Leona was a loving mother and homemaker. She was employed at Fingerhut, Green Giant and at Sibley County Human Services in housekeeping. Leona and Melford shared 65 years of marriage when he passed away on November 28, 2012.

Leona was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville, in Dryden Township. She was an active member of St. John’s Ladies Mission Society for over 60 years, taught Sunday School and mid-week classes.

Leona loved setting puzzles, dancing to old time music, decorating for the holidays and baking (especially bread, buns and cookies). She will long be remembered for her fun loving and upbeat look on life.

Leona is survived by her children, Myron Schwarzrock and his wife, Sue of Gibbon, MN, Miriam Elbert and her husband, Ron of Gaylord, MN, and LeOra Spence and her husband, Jay of Ft. Collins, CO; 7 grandchildren, Scott Schwarzrock and his wife Mandy, Jesse Elbert and his special friend, Jen, Laurie Eriksen and her husband, John, Joshua Elbert and his wife, Alethea, Robb Schwarzrock and his wife, Terri, Jacob Elbert and his wife, Jordon, and Joseph Elbert and his special friend, Tina; 16 great-grandchildren, Drew, Devon, Zachary, Ethan, and Olivia Schwarzrock, Jack, Noah, and Ava Eriksen, Mason, Caden, Nolan, Jeremy Elbert and Cody Gilbertson, Taron, Avery and Aliya Freidrichs; sister, Lillian Zastrow of Mankato, MN; sisters-in-law, Anita Thiesfeld of Glencoe, MN, and Alice Schwarzrock of Glencoe, MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Elisa Thiesfeld; husband, Melford Schwarzrock; granddaughter, Heide Schwarzrock; brothers, Hillard Thiesfeld and his wife, Leatrice, Melvin Thiesfeld, and Albert Thiesfeld and his wife, Donna; sister-in-law, Valaria Johnson; brothers-in-law, Leonard Schwarzrock, Willmer Schwarzrock, Linus Zastrow and Don Peterson.

Arrangements by Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com Please click on obituaries and guest book.