Leona Goehle, 93, Tyler, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler.
A funeral service was Saturday, Oct. 19, at the First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Burial was at Danebod Lutheran Cemetery in Tyler.
Leona Sandager was born June 24, 1920, to Nels and Clara Sandager at their farmhouse in Hills. After graduating from Hills Public School in 1938, she attended Mankato State Teachers College where she received a teaching certificate in 1940. She began teaching at a small country schoolhouse in Ash Creek.
She traveled to Oakland, Calif., to marry Henry Goehle in 1942. She stayed in California to help with the World War II effort. After her husband was posted overseas, Leona returned to Minnesota to live with her parents. Upon Henry’s return in 1945, they moved to a farm near Edgerton. In 1948 Henry and Leona purchased a farm a mile west of Tyler. In 1965, after working for the Tyler Journal and State Farm Insurance, Leona resumed her career in teaching young children for the Lake Benton and Tyler Public Schools. In addition to raising nine children and teaching, she commuted to Mankato and Marshall state colleges graduating in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She retired from teaching in 1985.
She enjoyed traveling including many trips overseas.
She is survived by nine children, Mary (John) Rowe, Madison, Wis., James (Christine) Goehle, Fort Thomas, Ky., Susan (Terrell) Newby, Bonney Lake, Wash., Jeanne (James) Sternbergh, Healdsburg, Calif., Nancy (David) Dobbs, Payson, Ariz., Henry (Bronwyn) Goehle, Tyler, Caron (Gerald) Branch, Battle Ground, Wash., Carol (John) Yencopal, Vancouver, Wash., and Lorelee Goehle, Oceanside, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Marie Muckala, Oak Park Heights, Sheldon (Elnora) Sandager, Hills, Lee (Betty) Sandager, Marine on St. Croix, and Anita Johnson, Oak Park Heights; two sisters-in-law, Frances Sandager, Hills, and Beverly Reinertson, Revenna, Neb.; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henry Goehle; four siblings, Victor Sandager, Lenore (Robert) Hansen, Paul Sandager, Beulah Sandager; two brothers-in-law, Merle Muckala and Harold Johnson.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Tyler, hartquistfuneral.com.