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August 9, 1933 – Thursday, September 3, 2009

Service Information
Our Father’s Lutheran Church
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
11:00 AM

Visitation Information

Leona L. (Torma) DeMaris, age 76 of Delano, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2009 in Minneapolis.

She was born on August 9, 1933, in rural Menahga, MN to Samuel and Hilma (Hyrkas) Torma. She graduated from Menahga High School and worked in the Twin Cities area before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Bert DeMaris on November 16, 1957. They were together almost 52 years! This marriage was blessed with 5 children: Robert (Catherine) DeMaris of Victoria, MN, Renee (Bradly) Tostenson of Rockford, MN, Bruce (Julie) DeMaris, and Darrell (Sue) DeMaris of Delano, MN. She was preceded in death by her infant son Kurt. She loved her grandchildren very much, Benjamin and Emma DeMaris, Tyler Tostenson, Dustin & Cassie DeMaris, Ryan Meyer and Nicole Limberis.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Sam & Hilma; siblings: Uno, Bill, twin brother Leo, Elmer and his twin Sylvia and Melvin; nieces, nephews, brothers & sisters-in-law.

She is survived by: her loving husband; children; grandchildren; sisters: Hazel Eskola of Ponsford, MN and Hilma (Reuben) Tretbar of Osage, MN; sisters-in-law: Joyce Bruhn of Hibbing, MN, Patricia (Ike) George of Park Rapids, MN, Morna Sabins of Park Rapids, MN, Marlene (Orlin) Anderson of Foley, MN and Janice Hensel of Frazee, MN., many nieces, nephews and friends.

Leona grew up on a farm in rural Menahga, MN. She was the tomboy, working outside beside her father and brothers. She & Bert lived on the Iron Range, mostly in Babbitt for many years until retiring to Waskish, Lester Prairie, Rockford, Buffalo and Delano. Always together, they enjoyed fishing, hunting, berry picking, gardening, playing Bingo and watching their sons and later the grandchildren in sports. She never knew a stranger because she talked to everyone as if he had known them her entire life. She touched many lives. She loved her search-a-word puzzles and took them with her everywhere she went, she left the crosswords to Hazel. Leona was always active in the churches that she belonged to, the American Legion, where she was the chaplain for the Delano Legion, and in the assisted living facilities that she lived in. She was very crafty and could fix just about anything she got her hands on. She liked to build things: a cupboard for Renee’s dishes when she was young, cribbage boards and the biggest is the mailboxes she just finished this last year while living at Sunrise in Buffalo. She was a go-getter, never wanting to just sit down and rest. There was always something to do.

Goodbye – Leona, Mom, Grandma, chicken feathers, granny I over, Grandma jelly jar. You will be ~ missed tremendously by those you have left behind. Rest in peace.

Funeral Services for Leona will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 11AM at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford. The Reverend Bill Hillyer will officiate. Honorary Pallbearers are: Emma DeMaris, Cassie DeMaris & Nicole Limberis. Pallbearers will be: Robert DeMaris, Bruce DeMaris, Darrell DeMaris, Benjamin DeMaris, Tyler Tostenson, Dustin DeMaris & Ryan Meyer. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4-8 PM at The Peterson Chapel – Buffalo Funeral Home. Further visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Robert Nelson

    Leona was a special person. Special to my family and a special part of my childhood and growing up in Babbitt. If she was in the kitchen having coffee with my mother when I walked through the door she’d greet me with a big smile and she made sure that within moments I was smiling and laughing with her about something. When I think of her I think of her laughing …

    Bert and all – my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    -Robert Nelson-

  2. Diane Cooke

    Leona will be missed by many- Fond memories of her and Bert at Mom & Dad’s, either going to the Legion or coming back for pizza,and coming over for coffee with Mom. I babysat a few times and when I got ‘old’ enough to go to the Legion, I was able to enjoy that part too!! Like brother Bob said- it was her laugh and smile that made her who she was. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Diane Cooke (Carole Nelson’s daughter)

  3. Sherry (Nelson) Maki

    Leona and Bert were very special friends to my parents Carol and Darold Nelson. After my dad passed away at an early age, Leona always made sure to include my mom and invite her places. Leona was always laughing and such a friendly person. I remember babysitting a few times for them so they could go out with my parents and have a fun time. Leona will be missed by many, especilly my mom. May God Bless your family at this difficult time and may the special memories of your wife and mom bring you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gene and Sherry Maki

  4. Chuck Thiel

    Bert, Bob & family:
    I am so sorry to hear that Leona has passed away. Gordie Birkholz told me at church yesterday. Bert, as I was out walking the other day, I wondered how you and Leona were doing. You were wonderful neighbors in the 18 months I spent at the apartment, and I enjoyed working with all of you at the store.
    I’m sorry I can’t make it to the visitation or the funeral. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    God Bless!

  5. Patty Gibson Amitrano

    My parents, Forrest and Katherine Gibson, were good friends with Leona and Bert and thought a lot of them. I babysat for them a few times when I was younger and remember Leona as always being happy and smiling. My youngest son lived in Buffalo up until three years ago, and I wish I’d known Bert and Leona lived there. My condolences to you, Bert, and your family.

  6. Jane and Fred Holasek

    I was going to send a card, but don’t have your address, Bob and Catherine. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your mom was SUCH a NEAT lady! I always enjoyed talking with her at the grocery store in LP! She and your dad were hard workers too! God give you all comfort in the days ahead as you miss her. But remember, she is enjoying the Lord face to face in glory!

  7. Adam & Laurie Mertz

    Bert,we are so very sorry for your loss.When I would think of her she would always put a smile on my face.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.The “indians”are getting big Quentin is 12 and Victor 8.Take care of yourself.Love The Mertzs


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