Leona Hesse

NEW ULM – Leona Hesse, 97, of New Ulm, entered into eternal peace on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30-10 a.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The Christian Mothers Society will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral, and the St. Joseph’s-St. Elizabeth’s Catholic United will pray the rosary at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.

Leona is survived by daughters, Marilyn Hesse of New Ulm, Janice (Tom) McClure of Chaska and Kay (David) Rath of Stormville, New York; a son, Richard (Diane) Hesse of Appleton, Wisconsin; son-in-law, Michael (Rita) Treml of New Ulm ; sister, Esther Radtke of New Ulm; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-laws, Delores Kaping of Vadnais Heights and Marilyn Kaping of Nevis; and by many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; sisters, Lorraine Vorlicky and Elvira Clark; sister and brother-in-law, Verona and Walter Hesse; brothers, Harold and Henry Kaping; brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and (Marie) Kaping; brothers-in-law, Harvey (Lorraine) Hesse and Carl Hesse; daughter, Patricia Treml; grandson, Michael Treml.

Leona Kaping, daughter of Henry and Mary (Rubey) Kaping was born on Aug. 9, 1916. She graduated as valedictorian from Holy Trinity High School in 1936 with English and Latin awards. She married Richard Hesse June 17, 1941.

Mrs. Hesse was a Girl School Leader, trainer and New Ulm Area Chair; Cub Scout Den Mother, Holy Trinity Home & School President, Recording Secretary for the St. Elizabeth Society; Secretary, Vice-President and President for the Women’s Council of the Catholic Aid Association, and taught CCD for many years. She belonged to a study club and a sewing club. She knitted, crocheted, embroidered, sewed clothes for her daughters, made prize winning crepe paper costumes for a kiddy parade, decorated wedding and birthday cakes. She was known for her wonderful baking. She enjoyed camping, traveling, visiting with friends and relatives, playing cards and doing word and jigsaw puzzles.

Leona worked for the Selective Service Office, Stanley Home Products, Agrico, and State Bond and Mortgage. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth combined councils, Christian Mothers, and the Junior Pioneers. She has been a resident of Divine Providence since 2011.


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