Leona Haugen Wessels, age 94, of Huron, died Monday, February 20, 2012, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home. Her graveside service was at 1:00 PM Thursday, June 7th at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church in Huron.
Leona Marie Srstka was born March 16, 1917, to Joseph and Mary (Kolousek) Srstka at the family farm near Crow Lake, South Dakota. She graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1934 and from Teacher’s College at Notre Dame in Mitchell, South Dakota before teaching in rural school for four years.
On June 7, 1939, Leona married Arthur Haugen of Virgil. They lived on the family farm until 1964, when they had the farm house moved to Huron. After moving to Huron, Leona took a secretarial course and was employed at Haskell-Tompkins-Haskell Company and later the Haskell Agency for seventeen years.
Leona was an accomplished seamstress and the highlight of her sewing career was winning a two-week all expense paid trip to New York City for herself and her husband as a winner of the Cotton Bag Sewing Contest in 1958.
She was a member of the American Lutheran Church and was a life member of the Huron Area Senior Center.
Mr. Haugen died June 9, 1972, and on August 4, 1973, Leona married O.D. Wessels of Virgil. Mr. Wessels died October 21, 1978.
Leona was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Arthur Haugen and O.D. Wessels; an infant brother; one granddaughter, Staci Haugen; one brother and his wife, Frank and Gladys Srstka; a sister-in-law, Elvira Srstka; one step-daughter, Joanne Wessels Phillips; one daughter-in-law, Melanie Hagen; and one son-in-law, Michael Hammer.
Grateful for having shared in her life are her three children, James (Donna) Haugen of Las Alamos, New Mexico, Janelle Hammer of Georgia, and Lee Haugen of Huron; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, William Srstka of Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.