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Leona Eichenberger

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Leona Eichenberger, age 61 of North Liberty, formerly of New Hampton and Fredericksburg, died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in New Hampton. Friends may greet the family from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015 at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 5:00 p.m. Rosary. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Online condolences for Leona's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com. Leona Ida Eichenberger was born on September 1, 1953, in Decorah, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence and Darlene (Elsbernd) Lansing. She attended the South Winneshiek School District in Calmar, Iowa and graduated in 1972. After high school she began working at Sara Lee in New Hampton and continued until its closing. After Sara Lee closed, Leona worked at Lands' End, Trimark and Atek. On February 8, 1992, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton, Leona was united in marriage to Darwin Eichenberger. Leona loved bowling in her younger years but always enjoyed spending time with her friends and family the most, especially with her new granddaughter. Leona is survived by her husband Darwin; two daughters, Crystal (Dusty) Noble and Nicole Eichenberger, all of North Liberty; her mother, Darlene Lansing of New Hampton; two brothers, Lonnie Lansing and Lavern (Kathy) Lansing, all of Ft. Atkinson; three sisters; her twin sister, Lois (Charles) Lantow of Nashua, Laura (Israel) Ramirez of Giddings, TX and Louise Monroe of Atalissa, IA; and one granddaughter, Brielle Noble. She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Lansing, and her brother, Linus Lansing.

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  1. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Leona Eichenberger

  2. Darwin and family, So sorry to hear of your loss, Leona was a wonderful person and a fun cousin. She will surely be missed. God bless! Dale Elsbernd

  3. Darwin, Nicole and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Leona was a one-of-a-kind type of person – always smiling, always happy, always friendly to everyone. You are all in my thoughts & prayers~ Kris

  4. You all have a our thoughts and prayers. We enjoyed working with Leona at Sara Lee. She always had a smile on her face. Jane and Jerry Hammel

  5. You all have my prayers and deepest sympathies! I so enjoyed visiting with Leona. She was a model of kindness, compassion and grace. I loved her smile and her laugh. She will be greatly missed. Anita Myers Seemann

  6. Darwin, so sorry to hear about your wife’s passing. Yo and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Mary and Roger Wright, Lowe’s co-worker.

  7. Darwin, Crystal, Nicole, Dusty . . . We are so sorry to hear of Leona’s passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. So fortunate to have shared time with her at the summer picnics. Wayne and Kelly Maiers

  8. Darlene Lansing, Darwin and family, & brothers and sisters, My deepest sympathy to all of you for the passing of Leona. Will keep you in my prayers.

  9. It was fun working with Leona at Sara Lee. Always a great smile on her face and very pleasant to work with. God bless the Eichenberger family. Prayers for all of you. Marge & Dave Mayo

  10. Darwin and family, So sorry to hear about Leona. She was always so friendly. No words can do justice. Thinking of all of you. Deb and Roger Lantzky

  11. Darwin & family, we are so very sorry for your family’s great loss. Leona was always cheerful, friendly, kind, and I always enjoyed visiting with her. Not a sweeter soul to be found. You are all in our prayers.

  12. Darwin and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Leona was always so sweet. We never saw her without a smile on her face. May all your good memories sustain you through these difficult days. Michael and Alice Bartz

  13. Leona was a wonderful woman she will be greatly missed. Our deepest of sympathies go out to Darwin, Crystal and Nicole in their time of sorrow. Ava and Daran O’Hollearn

  14. So sorry to hear of your loss of Leona. I met her when I worked at Sara Lee. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Barney and Eileen Eichenberger.

  15. Darwin & family, so very sorry to hear of Leona’s passing…such a sweet person and always that beautiful smile. I always enjoyed visiting with her. Thinking of you all at this difficult time! Joe and Dawn Barnes

  16. We are so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful girl..now she is a beautiful angel..our sympathy to her family

  17. Leona always had a beautiful smile and kind words any time I would see her! Thinking of you at this sad time! Janiece and Dave Kramer and boys

  18. My sympathies to Darwin,Crystal, Lois and families. Leona had such a warm personality and warm smile. May she rest in peace.

  19. Leona and her sister Loise went to catholic school with me at St. JOHN’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL in Fort Atkinson Ia. I always enjoyed the girls. Leona was such a lovely and kind person and she always had a kind word for you. I was saddened by her loss. She definitely left her mark here on earth. God Bless you and your family. Cindy (Rausch) Lensing

  20. So sorry for your loss, Darwin & family. Mom enjoyed having you folks for neighbors and everything you did to make Mechanic St. beautiful. Heaven just received a genuinely good person. Blessed be, Joan (Johnson) Hollar.

  21. Darwin and Family, Very sorry to hear about Leona’s passing. Always loved her sweet personality and smile. She will be missed by all who knew her. Nancy & Russell Wegner

  22. Darwin and family: My sincere heartfelt sympathy on Leona’s passing. I will always remember her cheerful happy smile as we were bowling buddies. She was the light of the team. An angel on earth and an angel in heaven. May God Bless You.

  23. Darwin and family- Thinking of you with a heavy heart as Leona was such a sweet, kind lady. May your fond memories give you comfort in the difficult days ahead. God Bless!

  24. Darwin and family, we hold you close in our hearts at this sad time. Leona always had a cheery hello and a big smile when I first knew her when I worked at the First National Bank drive up and she would come through every week with little Crystal in the back seat. Definitely a very sweet lady. My you feel God’s comforting arms surround you at this very difficult time and bring you peace. Another angel has received her wings!!

  25. Our deepest sympathy to Leona’s family. She was an angel here on earth and now an angel in heaven. ‘ Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.’

  26. I will remember Leona for her soft-spoken gentleness, her heart-warming smile, and genuine kindness to all who were blessed to meet and know her! We send our love and prayers!

  27. Share a memory of Leona Eichenberger or send condolences to the family.The world lost a beautiful lady and God received a beautiful angel. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. Hugs and kisses. Tammie, Blake and Jacob Watts

  28. We were saddened to hear of Leona’s illness and death. You have our sincere sympathy for your loss. We worked with Lois and her at Sara Lee. Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  29. Darwin and Leona’s family, we are oh-so-sorry for your loss. Leona was one of the kindest, sweetest women we’ve ever known. She was always thinking of others — our hearts are grieving for you all. May God Bless You with the wonderful memories you created together as a family as a source of comfort and strength in the days ahead.

  30. Darwin and Family, Leona’s Mom and Family, So very sorry for your loss of Leona. She was always a joy to work with at Sara Lee. I know how pleased and proud she was of her children. When I think of Leona, the word ‘kind’ comes to mind! She was that and more!

  31. So sorry for the loss of your beloved Leona. She was a great person and an awesome co-worker. She was always willing to help in any way she could. May her memories fill your thoughts. She is surely an angel now and her suffering is over. In my thoughts and prayers. Jeanne Roder

  32. Darwin and girls, so sorry to see this news, Leona was a very special person, you have our deepest sympathy at this very sad time. Daryl, Laure, Bridget and Lindsey Bouska

  33. Darwin and family, so sorry for your loss of Leona. I will always remember her kind smile whenever I would see her. Pray that knowing she is no longer in pain will help ease your sorrows in the days to come. Merlin and Clara Wendt

  34. Lois and entire family, you are all in our prayers. God bless you all. Being a twin myself, Lois, I can’t imagine your loss. Ed and Sandy Shekleton

  35. Heaven has certainly gained a beautiful Angel…she was one of the kindest, most sincere people I have ever known.

  36. You are all in our prayers. I went to school with Lois and Leona and they are super gals. Leona always had a smile on her face and a true friend!!

  37. Darwin, and Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Leona was such a sweet and caring lady, always enjoyed visits with her!! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! Kurt, Glenda & Miranda Schmidt

  38. May the love and support from family and friends help you all through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Leona was a sweet person and would do anything to help out. She will be greatly missed. Glen & Jo Nosbisch

  39. We are very sorry for your loss. We pray that the peace of the Lord will be with you, now and in the future. We will pray for Leona and your family. Sincerely, Cy and Judy Kuennen

  40. Keeping the Eichenberger and Lensing families in my thoughts & prayers. You have my deepest sympathy! Hold tight to the memories!

  41. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sitting here, bringing back memories of our days at Sara Lee. Bike riding, parties, Village Inn, all of our co-workers, etc. May you fly with the angels, Leona, as we all hang on to the good times over the past years. Godspeed!!

  42. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Leona was a beautiful person in many ways! Keep her memory alive! ZoAnn Bear

  43. Our thoughts and prayers to Leona’s entire family. She will be remembered by many for her smile, kind spirit and love of her family and friends. Heaven has one of the best angels.

  44. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Leona was a wonderful and a sweet caring person.She always had a beautiful smile! She will be dearly missed.Her memories last forever! Ray & Lorraine Armbrecht

  45. Thoughts and prayers to all of Leona’s family. I always enjoyed our visits. She was sincerely kind and good and a joy to know. She will truly be missed.

  46. Thoughts and prayers to Leona’s family. Anytime I would see her she would stop and chat briefly. And enjoyed working with her at Sara Lee along with Lois too. It was good to know her all these years. She will be missed.

  47. Darwin, Crystal, Nicolle…We send our heartfelt sympathy. Know you all are in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time and in days to come. May God fill the emptiness in your hearts with His love. We were all blessed to have such a beautiful lady in our lives.Her loving spirit will ‘live on’ within you. Dixie Wakeman and Dr. Josh Wakeman & family

  48. To the family of Leona Eichenberger I offer my sincere sympathy. I knew Leona thru bowling and as has been said before, she always had a smile on her face and was a joy to be with. May she rest in peace. Karen Schmitt

  49. My deepest sympathy to Leona’s family. I enjoyed working with her at Sara Lee. She and Lois were some of the first people I worked with and they and were great at helping other. Thoughts and prayers to the family. LaVonne and Wendell Tank

  50. I feel so sad today hearing about Leona. I bowled on the same team with her years ago but haven’t seen her for a while. I will remember the fun times we shared and the family should always know that many fond memories will be kept in our hearts. Leona was a special person who was easily loved. My sympathy to you Darwin and the whole family. Sandy Jaschen

  51. Our deepest sympathy to Leona’s Family. She always had a warm smile for everyone. God be with you during this difficult time.

  52. My sincere sympathy to the entire family. She was a very dear friend. We were classmates, grew up in the same neighborhood, played together and rode the same school bus for many years. She was truly a sweet and kind lady. God bless you Leona…

  53. Our deepest sympathy to Leona’s family. Our prayers go out to you all. Hold on to your memories. Diane & Dennis Shurtleff

  54. My deepest sympathy to your entire family. She was fun to be around when we worked at Sara Lee. Always smiling. God Bless you all. Tom Junko

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