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Leona M. Pflepsen

Leona M. Pflepsen, 83, of St. Paul, died Thursday, April 7, 2016, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Revs. Rayappa Konka and Ray Kosmicki will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Pflepsen was born on Aug. 20, 1932, in Mitchell, South Dakota, the daughter of Charles and Monica (Willman) Anderson. She grew up in Mitchell where she received her education and graduated for Notre Dame Academy in 1950. She then attended the Presentation School of Nursing in Mitchell. After graduating she was asked to be a clinical instructor at the nursing school. Leona's Catholic education was very important to her, having been taught by Catholic nuns for 15 years, from elementary school through college. She was united in marriage to Thomas P. Pflepsen on Sept. 19, 1955. The couple first lived in Angola, Indiana, while Tom attended college and Leona worked in nursing. They later moved to Spencer, Iowa, where Tom worked for Gambles and Leona continued her nursing career. The couple decided to own their own Gambles dealership and in 1961 chose to move to St. Paul, where they started a Gambles store, which they owned and operated until retiring in March 1997. While living in St. Paul, she continued nursing by assisting in surgery at the Howard County Medical Center and also did some home health care. Leona was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women. She was also active in the Howard County Medical Center Auxilary, Howard County Historical Society, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and had served on the board of directors at the St. Paul Senior Center. As a young woman, Leona enjoyed riding horses with her brother and even rode in local parades. She was a great storyteller, loved to visit, enjoyed hunting, feeding squirrels and birdwatching. She collected birdhouses and bobble heads and was a truly gifted casino enthusiast. Leona's faith and family were very important to her and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her children and spouses, Gloria and John Jordan of Plymouth, MN, Kenny Pflepsen, Janet and Thomas Hake of Palmer, Elaine Pflepsen of New York, NY, Gerry Pflepsen and Sandy Monroe of Nebraska City and John and Veronica Pflepsen of Columbus; and one brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Rose Anderson of Spearfish, SD. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and spouses, Daniel and Ashley Hake of Palmer, Bryan Hake and his fiancee', Whitney Hester of Palmer, Kristina and Thomas Dux of Fairbury, Cassie and Joseph Weiler of Topeka, KS, Jackie Baker of Portland, OR, Steven Pflepsen of Winter Park, FL and Jordan Pflepsen and special friend, Adam Sterup of North Platte; and three great-grandchildren, Ella and Penelope Hake and Alexandra Weiler. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Monica Anderson; her husband, Thomas P. Pflepsen on June 24, 2003; a son, Patrick Pflepsen; and a grandson, Carson Jordan. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

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To the Pflepsen family,My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your mother, especially to Gerry and Sandy. Your mom was a special lady and will be sadly missed.

Shelley Stepanek Apr 13 2016 8:28 AM

To Leona's Family,We were so very sorry to hear the sad news that Leona passed away. Our deepest sympathy to all of you in your great loss of a beautiful Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma. Tom and Leona were classmates at Notre Dame in Mitchell - many years ago. He has many fond memories of Leona, Lee and your Dad from the "good old days". We know how much you all will miss her but she will be with you always - in your hearts. Our love and prayers to all.Tom and Marie Tormey

Marie Tormey Apr 12 2016 6:34 PM

This goes to Ken, So sorry to hear about your Mom. Thinking of you former class mate Cece (Beck) Gangwish

Apr 12 2016 4:39 PM

Pflepsen family, I am very sorry and sad to hear about Leona's passing. I have nothing but fond memories of her and I am lucky to have known her when I was growing up. My thoughts are with you all.

Bret Everett Apr 11 2016 10:24 PM

To My Pflepsen Cousins--My sympathy on the loss of your Mom. Such fond memories of my Aunt Leona always laughing and smiling!

Colleen McGough Apr 11 2016 6:34 PM

Family of Leona, I am so sorry for your loss at this sad time. Please know I care and extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. Have very fun and fond memories of your folks in the "Good 'Ole Days" My goodness we had great times. Your folks were the Best! I know how much you will miss your mother.Prayers to you from Nancy Mamot Meier G I.

Apr 11 2016 1:59 PM

I met Leona when I was a teenager and she was a young Mother of three children--I lived with Leona and Tom for a Summer and was a "Nanny" or an "au pair", although neither of those labels were widely used at the time. . . I came to be very fond of the whole family--Leona,Tom,Gloria,Kenny,and Baby Janet. But it was Leona's influence that stayed with me---her role-modeling of how to be a Mother,a grown-up,a homemaker,all stayed with me. But what stayed with me the most was the fact that Leona was a Nurse--I was incredibly interested in,"How do you DO that??",not just where do you go to school,but what really makes you a Nurse? I went on with my Life,got married, gradually went through a diploma program,had children,then earned a BS in Psychology,then a BSN. All the while,my mental image of Leona's calm,good-humored, honest,direct,competent persona guided me in "how to be a Nurse". I recently retired from a 30 year career in Oncology,Psychiatric,and Administrative Nursing. Some people just come along at the right time of your Life to really have an impact---Leona,that's what you did for me. Thank you.

Donita Anderson Apr 10 2016 7:35 PM

Janet & family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers, Tanya Meyer

Tanya Meyer Apr 10 2016 5:12 PM

Dear Pflepsen Family,We grieve with you in your loss of your Mom. She will be greatly missed by all of us. She had such a fun and loving spirit. God has no doubt shared a few good laughs with her already in Heaven.Our prayers and sympathy are with all of you.

Sylvia and Denis Taft Apr 10 2016 10:20 AM

So sorry to hear about your mom - Grandma, I so enjoyed both of your mom and Dad, they were so kind to me and my boys that love the Gamble store, that where one of the kids got their first BB gun, what I recalled about your mom one morning I was on a walk and she was outside we visited over an hour, about everything , since my love of horses was a part of me we talk about her love of horses, she will truly be miss ,a very real down to earth lady, very special to me, Family you have my deepest sympathy, god bless you all.

Jackie urbanski Apr 9 2016 3:26 PM

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