In Memory of

Leone Mary Coonradt

April 15, 1923 - April 17, 2020
From: Milford, IA
Leone Mary Coonradt

Leone Mary Coonradt

Born: April 15, 1923
Died: April 17, 2020
Age: 97

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Leone Mary Coonradt was born to William and Lena (Backer) Esser on April 15, 1923 in Cartersville, IA.  Her childhood years were spent in Cartersville, where she attended country school. After graduating from Rockwell High School, Leone received her license in cosmetology.
On July 4, 1947 Leone married the love of her life, Rowland J. Coonradt.  They raised their family in several communities throughout the midwest. Over her working career, Leone worked as a beautician, a clerical assistant for Dr. Stewart Olson, and in the dietary department of Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL.  In retirement, Leone and Rowlie spent nearly 30 wonderful years in Fairfield Bay, AR.  They were one of the founding families for Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, and Leone was active in circles and prayer group. 
Leone enjoyed entertaining family and friends, traveling, dancing to the “big bands”, gardening, sewing, quilting and crafting.  She was an avid card player.  In her later years she loved watching westerns and eating popcorn in the afternoons.
At the time of her death, Leone resided at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, IA.  She passed away two days after her 97th birthday, April 17, 2020.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rowland Coonradt; son, Terry R. Coonradt; sisters, Dorothy Ross, Rose Wilhm, Arlene Kirchoff, Alice Stricker, Betty Larson, Marcella Esser; and brother, Leo Esser.
Leone is survived by her two daughters, Sharon K. Olson (Michael) and Janet R. Papaevagelou (Paul); 7 grandchildren, Mary Beth Geelan (John), Julie Peterson (Kyle), James Olson (Amanda), Nonda Papaevagelou, Dimitri Papaevagelou, Mitchell Coonradt (Kayla), and Spencer Coonradt (Kaela Danz); and 14 great-grandchildren, Sam and Lily Geelan, Teddy, Janie, and Lucy Peterson, Vivian and Wally Olson, Paul, Leonidas, and Demetrios Papaevagelou,  Madison and Knox Coonradt, and Ally Danz and Harper Coonradt.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the caregivers at St. Luke Lutheran Home and the Kindred Hospice staff. 
Tribute Video Link for Leone's Service.
Due to State and Federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.

Memorials are designated to

Kindred Hospice Foundation
1370 Lake Street
Spirit Lake, IA 51360


Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:33 AM
“I loved watching that tribute to the fabulous Grandma Leone! She always made me laugh, had a great little twinkle of mischief whenever I sat and chatted with her at big family gatherings, and from those photos she had STYLE in every decade she got to walk this planet! I remember clearly being in awe of her dance moves at K & J's wedding, and her little smile through every step. Wishing you all comfort in missing her, and wishing her and Rowlie the best dance party, together again. ”
- Nicole Walsh
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM
“Aunt Leone was a very special lady. We have extremely fond memories of time with her and Uncle Rowlie. It was always great to have them visit us, coming with Mom and Dad to explore the area where we lived, like Europe, the DC area, Colorado and North Carolina. Family reunions were even better when they could come. We look forward to one day being reunited at the table of The King!”
- Bruce and Martha Coonradt
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 2:50 PM
“Grandma Leone has held a special place in my sister Amanda’s heart ever since she met her way back when she started dating Jim. Condolences to all who were close to her & are grieving her loss during this especially trying time. ”
- Stacy & John Fuhrman
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 11:20 AM
“Leone was always talking n singing n always could bring a smile to anyone's face! I e enjoyed working with her, such a sweetheart! :) ”
- Morgan Bloomquist
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