LEONA A. BLISS

L. Bliss webphotoLeona Bliss, of Mora, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora.  She was 85 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Mora with Fr. Gene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Leona Amelia Bliss, of Mora, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora. She was 85 years old.

Leona was born on June 14, 1928 to Joseph and Elizabeth (Moga) Bona in New Brighton, Minnesota.  She moved to Minneapolis at the age of 6.

On September 25, 1948 Leona was united in marriage to Jay Bliss at St. Joseph Catholic Church in North Minneapolis.  They lived in Chicago and Milaca before moving to Mora in 1955 when they started the Mora Plumbing and Heating business with Al and Carol Johnson. Leona worked for Dr. Ouimette at the Mora Chiropractic Center and part time at Mora Utilities. She was the book-keeper for Mora Plumbing and Heating until retirement. Leona enjoyed reading, dancing to old time music, and traveling with Jay in their motor home.  They enjoyed many winters in Florida and Arizona, and would often entertain friends and family at their second home in Victor, Montana.  Leona was a member of St. Mary’s parish and the Mora American Legion Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 5 brothers; 3 sisters; and her husband, Jay.

Leona is survived by her son, David (Judy) Bliss of Owatonna; daughter, Janet Bliss of Gainesville, FL; grandchildren, Kyle Bliss of Mpls, Robin (Erica) Bliss of Mora, Nathan (Kendra) Bliss of Seattle, WA, Drew Bliss of FL, and Brandy (Shawn) Shoenbauer of Owatonna; great grandchildren, Emelia Bliss and Tanner Shoenbauer; siblings, Andrew Bona of AZ, Genevieve Kaeding of CA, Dorothy (Don) Wilder of Plymouth, Esther (Ed) Gielcowski of Albertville, and Lorraine Hedgepeth of TX. Leona is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Gene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating.  Music was provided by Kris Paulson and the St. Mary’s Choir.  Casket Bearers were Robin Bliss, Kyle Bliss, Brandy Schoenbauer, Shawn Schoenbauer, David Bliss, and Judy Bliss. Honorary Casket Bearers were Nathan Bliss and Drew Bliss. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. 

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