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Leona M. Silbernick, 90 year old resident of Little Falls died Monday, September 10 at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 15. A visitation will be held from 8:30A.M. until the hour of the service at the church. The burial will be held in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery.
Leona Mary Toenies was born August 9, 1928 in Millwood Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to the late Gerhard and Wilhelmina (Steinke) Toenies. She grew up on the family’s farm in Millwood Township and attended country school through the eighth grade. Leona worked for the Spaniel Hotel in St. Cloud for a few years. Leona worked for the Benedicten Sisters in St. Joseph and North Dakota. She was united in marriage to Frank Silbernick on September 28, 1955 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa, MN. The couple owned and operated Silbernick’s Bar in the early 1960’s. The couple moved to Little Falls where Leona stayed home and cared for the couple’s children. She also worked for Loretta’s and Laura B’s dress shops in Little Falls. Leona enjoyed cooking, baking and attending her children’s events. She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Little Falls, Christian Mothers, Daughters of Isabella and the Crosiers Apostolates.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Karen (Steve) Smith of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Kevin (Leeanne Grosso) Silbernick of Little Falls, Brian (Lisa) Silbernick of Lowry; grandchildren, Jessica (Jared) Dejong, John Michael (Carrie) Smith, Amanda (Tony) Beckham, Lindsey (Frank) Klimek and 12 great-grandchildren and a sister, Mary Gerards of Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerhard and Wilhelmina Toenies; husband, Frank Silbernick in 2006; Norbert Toenies, August Toneies, Urban Toenies, Angela Klasen, Adella Klasen, Clara Klaphake and Teckla Scherping.
The family of Leona would like to thank CHI Hospice and the staff of St. Otto’s Care Center for the wonderful loving care.