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Leona Smizer


HAWARDEN, IOWA ~ Leona (Orton) Smizer, 98, of Hawarden, died on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the Hawarden Regional Healthcare in Hawarden.


Public Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday, January 7th, Family Visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden, Iowa. Private Family Burial will follow the luncheon. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family and condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Leona M. Smizer was born to John Sr. and Marie (Swanson) Orton in Ireton, Iowa on September 2, 1920. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Charlie Smizer, on January 20, 1941. They farmed near Akron, Iowa where she was a housewife and to their union, they had 3 children, Larry, Linda, and June. Charlie passed away in June 1970.

Leona later moved to Hawarden, Iowa where she babysat, worked at the Hawarden Cleaners, and at the Senior Citizen Center. After retiring, she made tags for several years for the Hawarden Hospital Thrift Store. She later moved to Pickstown, South Dakota to be near her daughter June until moving to Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden in May of 2018.

Leona was a member of the United Methodist Church at Akron and then at Hawarden. She was an avid sewer and loved to crochet, and she once mentioned that she crocheted enough to go around the world and back! She was a very caring person with a big heart for everyone and always had a smile.

She is survived by her 2 daughters, Linda McKee of Huntsville, Alabama and June Reinders and husband Jeff of Pickstown, South Dakota; a brother, John Orton and wife Marilyn of Hawarden; 8 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 5 step great-grandchildren.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charlie; son, Larry; 2 sisters, Frances Christensen and Helen Falk and her husband, Alfred; a grandson, Michael; a brother-in-law; and a sister-in-law.


Visitation with the family

10:00 AM ,Monday, January 7, 2019
Hawarden United Methodist Church
803 13th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023



Funeral Service

11:00 AM ,Monday, January 7, 2019
Hawarden United Methodist Church
803 13th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023


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Linda and June, its been many years since Ive seen your mother, but I remember what a nice person she was. She was always very kind to me and my mother. May cherished memories comfort you in the difficult days ahead. Because no matter how long we have our mothers, the loss is always great. Sincere, Marcene

Marcene Heeren Jan 9 2019 12:00 AM

Uncle Johnny & Aunt Marilyn, Sorry for your loss of your sister. She had a good long life.You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Love you,Carolyn

Carolyn Bertram Jan 6 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you June and your family!Your mother will be deeply missed by so many. Marlin and Sandra Osterbuhr

sandra osterbuhr Jan 6 2019 12:00 AM

Linda and June, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. You and your families are in my prayers.

Bev Allen

Bev Allen Jan 5 2019 12:00 AM