Friday, November 7, 1924
Date of Death:
Sunday, December 2, 2018
94 years old
Ione (Tlougan) Leitzen, age 94, of Rochester, MN, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2019.
Born in Dover, MN on November 7, 1924, and preceded in death by her husband, Bernard “Bud” Leitzen; her parents, Alfred and Florence; brothers, Sylvester, Bernard, Benjamin, Clayton, Romeo, Robert, Isadore, Leonard, Charles, Donald, Dale, David; sisters, Jeanette Flanders and Darlene.
Ione is survived by her sister, Marcella (Larry) Swenson; children, Julie Armbrust, Carin Ruter, Gary Leitzen, Mark Leitzen (Missy Fritsch), Dan (Erica) Leitzen, Lori (Dean) Slawson; grandchildren, Amy (Andrew) Teitscheid, Peter (Krista) Armbrust, Niki (Doug) Schaff, Kate (Mike) Rutersmith, Tim Ruter, Beau Leitzen, Jacqueline Rose, Annie and Jake Leitzen, Lizzie and Emily Leitzen, Cale (Samantha) Slawson, Kari Slawson, Molly (Mark) Swatosh; and ten great-grandchildren.
Ione married the love of her life, Bud, and they were blessed to celebrate 70 years of marriage together. Ione and Bud could be found dancing, playing cards or having fun at sing-along parties with friends and family members. They loved to travel with their family to the Whitefish chain for fishing trips. Countless summer weekends were spent at their cabin on Circle Lake filled with lawn and night games, happy hour pontoon cruises, fireworks and endless laughter.
Ione loved holidays and made each one special. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she created traditions that are now celebrated by her great-grandchildren. She was also known for her 4th of July parties, where everyone was always welcome.
Ione lived a life of faith and service, which included coordinating and making food for funeral lunches at St. Francis Church for over 30 years. She was known for her famous potato salad. In 2003, Bishop Harrington presented her with the Bishop’s Medal for her service to the church.
Ione loved being with friends, old and new. She always had a pot of coffee and warm bran muffins ready for visitors – there was always a seat for “one more.” Into her 90’s, she loved to play bridge and bean bag toss. Ione lived a full and happy life filled with love for her husband, family and Jesus Christ.
We were the luckiest children in the world to have her as our mother and she will be deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Alzheimer Research or Salvation Army.
Funeral Mass for Ione will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at St. Francis Church 1114-3rd St. SE in Rochester with Rev. James Seitz officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the Mass on Thursday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
The family of Ione Leitzen has received the following condolences.
We're praying for you and holding you close in our hearts during this difficult time.
-Toby, Eric, Kendra, Waylon and Vincent Walker
Sorry to hear of her passing .Our sympathy to the family. I was blessed to know her and Bud for nearly 20 yrs by the opportunity they gave me and my wife as commercial building renter then owner .I enjoyed the many years to hand delivery of rent always with a warm.welcome invite into their home for visit about how everything about life and how its treating me .Best of all her homemade cookies &milk .it was almost like having very special grandparents all over again being mine had previously passed years ago
Kevin &Jackie Kohlmeyer/Rochester Mn .
Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dale & JoAnn Eidem
I was so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a pillar of service and faith at our church. My mom and dad, Mary Lou and Chuck, spoke highly of her and your father. You have my sincere sympathy.
Julie, so for your loss. How wonderful that you had her in your life for so long.
She was an amazing woman. Our thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow.
Gary Mark and Dan
My sympathy to you & the entire family in the loss of your mother. What a blessing to have had her for so long.
She was such a caring person and had time to talk with everyone.
Dear Leitzen Family,
Ione was such a great friend to my Mom. My parents so enjoyed the New Years Eve and July 4th celebrations, but most of all just time together to enjoy each other. Ione was such a giving person. She baked a great pie! She will be missed. She passed away on the same date as my Dad 18 years ago.
Condolences to you all,
Rita (Sell) Marquardt
She will be missed.