August 9, 1933 – Thursday, September 3, 2009
Our Father’s Lutheran Church
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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.