Leona J. Summers


July 8, 1919 - July 18, 2012




Leona J. Summers was born July 8, 1919 in Alexandria, SD to Barney and Angela (Schroeder) Majerus.  She attended school in Alexandria, graduating from high school in 1937. On May 2,  1946, she married Charles H. Summers.

Leona was an officer at Commercial Bank in Mitchell where she worked for 20 years until her retirement. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, altar society, and prayer group. She volunteered at Brady Memorial Home and enjoyed her 500 card group for over 50 years.

She enjoyed needle work, knitting, crocheting and crewel. As her eyesight failed, she made knotted cord rosaries which were distributed to many people around the world.

Leona was a great listener with a quiet presence, which left joy in all her loving relationships as wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by 3 daughters: Mary Schumacher and husband Frank of Blair, NE; Carol and husband Dale Sorenson of Oak Park, Il; Janet and husband Reed Smith of Tucson, AZ; three sons; Raymond Summers and wife Colette of Keystone, SD; Frank Summers of Omaha, NE; Barney Summers and wife Robin of Indianapolis, IN; eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a step-grandchild, and a sister Dorothy Heinz, Mitchell, SD.

Leona is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Charles Summers.



Memorials are preferred and may be directed to:

· Holy Family Church Restoration Fund, 222 N. Kimball Street, Mitchell, SD 57301

· Division of Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Department of Human Services, Attn: Gaye Mattke, 3800 East Highway 34, Hillsview Properties Plaza, Pierre, SD 57501.






Monday, July 23, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture/Rosary Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, July 24, 2012
10:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Liz Langenfeld on October 28, 2012
I'm sorry that I just heard the news about Leona's passing. I send hugs to the family and thank you so much for sharing Leona's beautiful rosaries with our family and friends; what a wonderful legacy. My thoughts are with you. The Langenfeld Family
Posted by Michelle & Tim Smith on July 24, 2012
We send you thoughts of peace and courage during your time of bereavement.
Posted by Randy and Debbie Blackburn, San Antonio TX on July 24, 2012
Our thoughts and prayer are with you all during this difficult day. We have many great memories of your Mom and Dad and always enjoyed visiting with them when we made it to Mitchell. We had visited your Mom in the last few years and she was always a joy to visit with. We will all cherish the memories and the joy they have brought to all.
Posted by Jeff Bond on July 23, 2012
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. I am sorry I could not be there.
Posted by CIESC on July 23, 2012
We are sorry to hear about your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Barb Jones on July 22, 2012
So sorry to hear about your mom. I had so many good visits with your mom and dad at Raymond and Clara's i enjoyed them so much.
Sending sympathy and prayers to al of you.
Posted by Ron and Mary Bombei on July 22, 2012
We send our love and deepest sympathy to the Summers family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ron and Mary Bombei
Indianapolis, IN
Posted by Sharon Spears on July 22, 2012
My sympathy and prayers are with your family. I know this is time of family and you are blessed with great relations. I hope you safe travels. If I can do anything please let me know.
Posted by Lori Suppes on July 21, 2012
You will be missed, you were such a sweet, wonderful woman.
Posted by Mary Schaer Whittington on July 21, 2012
So sorry to hear about your mother. She and your Dad were good friends to our parents. Our mother still reminisces about them. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Schaer Family
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