Leona J. "Onie" Ziehl, age 77 of Bloomington, MN passed away on June 4, 2018. She was born to Albert E. and Jenne S. Smith at home in Lincoln, MN on June 16, 1940. She attended Lincoln school for grades 1-6; grades 7-12 in Staples, MN. She graduated in 1958. Leona entered Mankato State College in the fall of 1958 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Biology in August of 1961. In 1987 she received her master’s degree. On September 12, 1959 she married Melvin A. Ziehl in Lincoln at the Lincoln Community Church. Following graduation from college, she taught one year in Lake Crystal, MN; two years in Japan and three years in Bermuda.
Her son, Erich August Ziehl was born in Bermuda in 1966. Following a move to IIllinois, her daughter, Gretchen Ann Ziehl was born on June 4, 1968. Leona moved back to Minnesota to Lakeville, and she returned to teaching in 1977 in Farmington. With a leave of absence, she went to Germany where she taught at Bitburg High School for three years. She retired from teaching in 1990. Leona moved to Prior Lake area in 1995 where she enjoyed her retirement years gardening, quilting, traveling, volunteering at church and most of all her family.
She was preceded by her parents, Albert and Jenne; husband, Melvin; son, Erich; sister, Amy and brothers, Roland, Rodney and Keith.
She is survived by her daughter Gretchen; son-in-law, David; granddaughter, Abby; grandson, Nathan; her daughter-in-law, Erin; grandson, Joshua; granddaughter, Morgan; brother, Allen and their spouses and children’s families.
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