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Leola Strempke

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Leola "Lee" Strempke age 80 of New Hampton, formerly of Sumner, died Thursday, June 28, 2018, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Msgr. Carl Schmitt celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Sumner. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 6:30 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Tuesday. Leola “Lee” Christina Strempke was born March 17, 1938, on the Jones family farm outside Waucoma, IA, the daughter of Clarence and Tilly (Bouska) Jones. She received her education in rural country school and attended the Sumner High School. Lee met her future husband, Roland R. Strempke, at the Littleton Tavern in Littleton, IA, owned by her grandmother, Lidwina Kemp. The couple was married on November 16, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner. To this union seven children were born. The couple initially lived in both Winthrop and Jesup, IA before moving to the acreage near Sumner where they spent the next 50 years. Roland died on September 26, 1996, after 42 years of marriage. Lee remained on the farm until 2015, moving to her home in New Hampton. Throughout her life, Lee worked for many businesses beginning in Jesup where she worked at an egg candling facility and also in a poultry factory. She sold for the Fuller Brush Company, had a bakery in her home, drove the Sumner Bakery truck and loved taking her boys on deliveries and singing country songs to them along the way. Her passion was cooking and baking and she also worked at Joan & Al’s Supper Club in Oelwein, the Hospital in Sumner and as a cook and waitress at the Westgate Bar and Grill as well as Country Kitchen in Oelwein. She and her husband owned Lee & Red’s Cheyenne Club in Sumner for many years and then worked for Americana and later retired from the Tripoli Nursing Home. Lee loved her children and loved spending time with them at all ages. She was a working mother but always made time to bake for her growing family, especially banana bread and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed reading and had a passion for collecting items including; cookbooks, beer steins, John Wayne memorabilia, crystal, and roosters. She collected and collected and never threw anything away. Her greatest accomplishment was being a mother and grandmother to her family, who believed she was second to none and loved her beyond words. Lee is survived by six children; Scott (Sandy) Strempke of Sumner, IA, David (Dale) Strempke of Allenhurst, GA, Clint Strempke of Wisconsin, Angela (Rick) Ohlendorf of Greensboro, NC and Lisa (Roger) Wilker of New Hampton, Dawn (Michael) Pierson of Arizona; daughter-in-law, Carma Strempke of Manchester; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; special friend for the last 18 years, Bob Erenberger of Prairie du Chien, WI; two brothers, Leo (Linda) Jones of Hawkeye and Robert Jones of Des Moines; two sisters, Rachel Johnson of Liberty, MO and Dorothy Baker of Rockaway Beach, MO; sisters-in-law, Peggy Jones, Daisy Jones and Sharon Jones, all of Sumner. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, Roger Strempke; daughter-in-law, Marlys Strempke; granddaughter, Megan Kessler; sister, Mary Anderson; three brothers, Ralph, Kenny and Roger Jones.

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  1. Dear Lisa and your extended family,
    So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. She had a kind heart and was very good to my Dad. He enjoyed her pies very much along with your Dad and her friendship. Our sympathy to all your family and Leola’s brothers and sisters.
    Sandy Jaschen

  2. Lisa & Roger, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom passing away. I wish you and the family peace, and lots of good memories!
    Edna Schwickerath

  3. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18 Acknowledging the Divine Will of the Most High GOD that His love, peace, comfort, and strength spiritually rests, rules, and abides throughout the family and those she touched near and far at this appointed time of bereavement is our prayer in Jesus’s name…Amen….The Hagan family

  4. May the memories of your loved one fill your thoughts in the next days. All our thoughts and prayers to Leola’s family. David and Jeanne Roder

  5. To a wonderful woman and our friend Lee was a very good cook I learned a lot from her and I did a few things together and we used to make bread together with Margaret Murphy and we had a wonderful time so rest in peace Lee with we will miss you

  6. To a beautiful woman who was a friend and a client and I’m going to miss her very much we would get together at least once a year and make homemade bread and cinnamon rolls and of course Lee always had to spoil us and bring something else such a good cook and a wonderful person I thought she was very sweet gonna Messer rest in peace Lee

  7. I worked with Lee at the Bank Bar and Grill in Westgate. I remember at Christmas time she loved to play Christmas music while we worked. I went to school with her kids and I am sorry for your loss.
    Sincerely Sheila (Carey) Reinking

  8. My dear sister, we shared a room while growing up. I was your maid of honor when you married Rollie. I was there when you needed 😣 help 2 years before your demise. Love you


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