Leona C. Jerke

Aug. 20, 1923 - March 8, 2008

Leona C. Jerke (nee Becker) of Hartford passed away Saturday, March 8, 2008, at River Hills Nursing Home in Pewaukee at age 84. She was born Aug. 20, 1923, in Wauwatosa, to Paul and Anna (nee Dienberg) Becker.

Leona married Therron A. Dearborn on Oct. 4, 1947, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rubicon. He preceded her in death. She then married John Jerke on Feb. 26, 1977, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fond du Lac.

Leona was a member of St. Kilian Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella and the Hartford Senior Friends.

Leona is survived by her children, Catherine (Terry) Lonergan of Maryland, Sandy (Donald) Smith of Mapleton, Richard (Linda) Dearborn of Helenville, Joyce Nichter of Waukesha, Robert Dearborn of Waukesha, Sheila (Warren) Halbrader of Lake Mills, Pamela (Jim) Stuettgen of Hartford, Paul Dearborn of Watertown, John (Lana) Dearborn of Alabama and Mary Jane (Randy) Stuettgen of Neosho; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Viola (Willard) Malone of Hartland. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Therron Dearborn and John Jerke; three brothers, Sylvester, Henry and Lester; and two sisters, Esther Benzing and Bernice Eberhardt.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the 5 p.m. Mass of Christian burial Wednesday, March 12, at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Hartford with the Rev. David LaPlante officiating. Burial will be Thursday morning, March 13, in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Kilian Catholic Church are appreciated.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. For more information, call 673-9500 or visit online at www.shimonfuneralhome.com.