OBITUARY: Leona Mae Lehrman

Leona Mae Lehrman, 92, passed into the loving arms of her Savior in the wee hours of Aug. 7, 2021, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

Leona was born in rural Marion County, Kansas, on Dec. 28, 1928, the daughter of Jonas and Clara (Hein) Mohn. She met Walter Lehrman in 1946, and they were married on Oct. 10, 1948, at First Christian Church in Marion, and moved to Newton. Walter preceded her in death in July of 1998.

Leona had a strong faith in the Lord as her Savior and was a member of Newton Bible Church for more than 60 years. She was a faithful servant there and attended faithfully as weather and her health allowed.

Leona became an Avon representative in the late 1960s, which really suited her outgoing and friendly personality. Her frankness about the struggles caring for twin handicapped sons, her unwavering faith in her Savior and her outgoing personality helped her attain President’s Club status for top sales the last 15 years or so of her “career,” having earned many awards. She enjoyed getting to know the preferences of her clients and was a great encouragement to all of them.

In her later years, she enjoyed playing her piano, socializing with her friends at Hickory Homes, at church and at TOPS/KOPS, of which she was a longtime member. She also loved playing dominoes at Hickory Homes, of which she was very proficient! She also loved flying out to California to visit her daughter, Pam, and granddaughter, Wendy.

Leona is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Dennis) Schrag of California, two grandsons, Bryan, of Texas and Robert Michael Lehrman of Newton, daughter-in-law Terry Lehrman, a granddaughter Wendy (Jason) Hart of California, one great-grandson, Noah, of California, one brother-in-law Otto (Phyllis) Lehrman, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lehrman; parents, Jonas and Clara Mohn; brothers, Irvin and Ernest; sister, Barbara; sons Robert Wade Lehrman, Mark Ray Lehrman and Clark Jay Lehrman; and baby daughter Wendy Sue Lehrman.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at Greenwood Cemetery with a memorial service at 3 p.m. at Newton Bible Church.


Memorials may be sent to Newton Bible Church.

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