Leona Brandt, age 103, of De Smet died Tuesday evening, August 12, at the Good Samaritan Home in De Smet. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 10:30 A.M at the United Methodist Church in De Smet with Reverend James Truesdell officiating. Burial will be held at the De Smet Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 15, from 5 to 7 P.M at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet with an Eastern Star service at 6:30 P.M.
Leona was born on October 22, 1910 at Lone Rock, Kossuth County, Iowa to Charles F. Schultz and Hulda W. (Krueger) Schultz. She moved to De Smet, South Dakota with her family in 1924 and graduated from De Smet High School in 1928. She married Rodney Brandt on October 3, 1929 in De Smet where they made their home.
Leona worked as a bookkeeper and salesperson for the K&K Company in De Smet. In 1950, she began work for the De Smet School District as a clerk and later in the superintendent’s office. She worked there until her retirement in 1978.
Leona became a member of the De Smet United Methodist Church in 1930. She was a member of the church lady’s organization, the church choir, taught Sunday School, and held offices within the lady’s organization and the church. Leona was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in which she held offices since 1947. Additionally, she was a member of the General Federation of Women’s Club of De Smet for forty-seven years and a charter member of the Kingsbury County Country Club.
She is survived by one son, James (Carolyn) Brandt of Shoreview MN; two grandchildren: Tara (Christopher) Melsha of Blaine, MN and Ryan (Tessa) Brandt of Blaine, MN; five great-grandchildren: Carter, William, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, and Luke; and two brothers: Raymond Schultz of Rochester MN and Marvyn Schultz of Omaha NE.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers: Le Roy, Alfred, Lester, Ronald, and Howard Schultz of De Smet, two sisters, Viola and Ruby.
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