LACROSSE — Leona M. Leiker, 88, died Oct. 14 at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born May 20, 1924, in Pfeifer, she was the daughter of Casper and Mary (Schmidt) Jacobs. She was a lifelong resident of Rush County. A 1942 graduate of Bison High School, she was a clerk for the United States Postal Service before her retirement in 1979. On Feb. 6, 1945, she married Ralph J. Leiker at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in La Crosse. He preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2005.
Mrs. Leiker was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and St. Michael’s Altar Society, both in La Crosse.
Survivors include, three sons, Ron Leiker, and his wife, Debbie Leiker, and Doug Leiker, and his wife, Tammy Leiker, both of Lyons, and Rich Leiker, and his wife, Pam Leiker, of La Crosse; two daughters, Barbara Peine, and her husband, Joe Peine, of Fulton, and Carol Kreutzer, and her husband, Don Kreutzer, of Shawnee; 12 grandchildren, Timothy James of Dallas, Texas, Tracey Slous of Branson, Mo., Tate Kreutzer and Tammy Evans, both of Shawnee, Lachelle Spann, Latasha Southern, Alisha Pennington, and Brett Leiker, all of Hutchinson, Brian Leiker of Lyons, Amber Irvin of La Crosse, Jason Leiker of Victoria, and Andrea Rumler of Nickerson; 19 great-grandchildren; eight brothers, Celestine Jacobs, Ralph Jacobs, Eugene Jacobs, Bill Jacobs and Leroy Jacobs all of La Crosse, Virgil Jacobs of Great Bend, Daniel Jacobs of Wichita, and Jerry Jacobs, Hays; and two sisters, Elenora Holzmeister of Quinter and Mary Lou Warren of Clearwater. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph J. Leiker; and three sisters, Viola Dreher, Louise Besperat, and Albina Birney.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in La Crosse with Father Pascal Klein and Father Reginald A. Urban officiating. Interment will be at the La Crosse City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday at the Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse. A vigil service and rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Rush County EMT’s or the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Janousek Funeral Home*
La Crosse, Ks. 67548
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 16, 2012