GIBBON - Leanora Halstead, 89, of Backus and formerly of Gibbon died Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Essentia-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Gibbon with Pastor David Winterfeldt officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Minnesota Valley Funeral home in Gibbon is in charge of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org
Leanora is survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" Halstead of Backus; stepdaughters and son-in-law, Judy Halstead of Woodbury, Leanne and Bill Van Emburg of Chicago, Ill.; stepson and daughter-in-law, Jim and Shelia Halstead of Gibbon; grandchildren, Scott Dickmeyer, Erin Dickmeyer, Larissa Halstead, Jordan Halstead, Jack Van Emburg; great-grandson, Zach Dickmeyer; and a brother-in-law, Tom Perkins of Hawaii.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mercedes Schwartz, Darlin Dahlk, Delain Vargason, Tookie Perkins; brother, Lloyd Leske; nieces, Carolee Kutzke, Bonnie Schwartz; and a grandniece, Debbie Kutzke.
Leanora Swanee Leske was born on May 10, 1924 in Bismarck Township, Sibley County to August and Emelia (Niemann) Leske. She graduated fron Hutchinson High School in 1942 then attended Normal training and graduated from Mankato State College with a degree in Elementary Education. In 1978 she was united in marriage to Charles Halstead in Brownton. Leanora was an elementary teacher for thirty-seven years with twenty-six of those years spent teaching in Gibbon. She retired in 1986. Leanora loved traveling, needlework, birds, reading and going out to eat with Chuck. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. She was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Gibbon.