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“I will always remember Leona and Barb, coming to my Beaver Island Quilt Retreat for so many years, and just sewing up a storm. May you rest in peace...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Gwen Marston

“Remembering Leona's Family & friends today.May the Love & Peace she shared live on in each of You! ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Dave & Lill Brice - Appleton, WI

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“My prayers are with you as I remember Leona as a dedicated LPN as she was involved with Wisconsin and local LPN's..Even remember the great time I had...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Marcia Noble

“Rest in peace Leona. I will cherish the memories made...player cards and chatting at the kitchen table with you and Barbara. Prayers to your loved...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Synthea E.

“Eternal rest grant unto Leona, O Lord and let Thy perpetual light shine upon her forever. May her soul, the souls of all the faithfully departed rest...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: June D

“Our prayers and deepest sympathy. I have missed seeing Leona over the last several years at the Freeedom High alumni Banquet. Barbara would always...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Pat Rickert Bacon


Leona D. Smith, age 96, of Menasha, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. She was born on October 29, 1920 to the late Bryant and Leotha (Holland) Hawkins in Chisholm, Minnesota. Leona always took pride in herself for being a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was employed with St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton for her whole career. After retirement Leona and George lived in Deerfield Beach, Florida where they owned and operated a fish market. Leona is survived by her daughters-in-law, Dolores Rickert and Donna Hebbeler; her son-in-law, Richard Rettke; grandchildren, Ronald II (Selena) Rickert, Julie (Glenn) Pankewich, Hydee (Cory) Cordero, Stewart Rettke and Ben Rettke. She is further survived by a special niece Judy (Mike) Demerath and their children, Scott (Kina) Demerath, Penny (Morgan) Mullin, Michelle (Dan) Krause and a dear friend, Cindy Krueger. Leona is survived by many other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents Leona was preceded in death by her husband, George Smith; her two sons, Ronald and Paul Rickert, her daughter, Barbara Rettke; sisters, Virginia (John) Mitchell, Martha (Otto) Vollstedt; her brothers, Willard, Thomas and Robert (Jean) Hawkins A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior Street in Appleton. Visitation will be held on Wednesday starting at 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held at the King Veterans Cemetery in Waupaca where she will be buried alongside her husband, George. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation – For Parkinson's Research. A full obituary can be found at: www.wichmannfargo.com.