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home : obituaries : obituaries September 15, 2014

8/27/2014 11:04:00 AM
Liana P. Leinonen
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Liana P. Leinonen, 60, of Annandale, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale with Rev. Tom Heyd officiated. Burial will be at a later date at North Corinna Cemetery.

She is survived by her spouse, Steven Leinonen, of Annandale; sons, Cory (Janelle) Gaule of Rockville and Christopher (Genesis) Gaule of Grafton, N.D.; stepchildren, Dianne Leinonen of Ft. Collins, Colo., Stephanie (Terry) Robinson of Annandale, and Paul (Jodi Vannett) Leinonen of South Haven; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Nick (Vera) deWeese of Flora, Ill., Marco (Shari) deWeese of Olney, Ill., Alexis (Carolyn) deWeese of New Haven, Ind., Philip (Patty) deWeese of Mt. Horeb, Wis.; sisters, Maria (Bob) Hahn of Mt. Carmel, Ill., Gina Lowe of Manhattan, Kan.; and sister-in-law, Karen deWeese of Flora, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Stephen and Carmon D. deWeese; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Henry Taylor.

Liana Panageota Leinonen was born on Jan. 6, 1954, in Flora, Ill., to Carmon F. and Dorothy (Hayes) deWeese.

Liana attended school in Flora, before being united in marriage to Michael Gaule. They moved to various cities before settling in the Annandale area. She then began working at the Annandale Care Center, where she worked for the past 25-plus years. Liana was a dedicated, selfless worker, where she enjoyed her time interacting with the Care Center residents. Liana also willingly worked holidays and weekends, so her fellow coworkers could spend time with their families. She especially enjoyed working on the Fourth of July, where she could watch the parade with the residents.

On Sept. 22, 2000, she married Steven Leinonen, at the Wright County Courthouse. Liana served as an Annandale Cub Scout leader for numerous years. In her spare time, she enjoyed crossword puzzles, especially with the Care Center residents, doing word finds, traveling, antique cars, playing cards, collecting spoons, music, cooking, flowers, gardening, and listening to the residents of the Annandale Care Center tell their life stories. Above all, Liana embraced all aspects of being a grandmother; she treasured the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.





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