Leona M. Vande Lune, 97, of Prairie City, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Prairie Vista Village in Altoona, where she resided for two years. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church. Burial will follow at Waveland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at the church. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church and condolences may be left for the family at coburnfuneralhomes.com.
Leona was born March 8, 1920, to Everett and Jennie (DeGraff) Rouwenhorst. She attended Prairie City High School for two years and graduated from Colfax High School with Normal training in 1937. Leona taught rural school three years before she married Wilbert Vande Lune May 21, 1941, at her parents’ home near Prairie City. To this union were born Max, Brian, Dennis and Kevin (deceased). Leona was an active member of the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church where she had served as primary Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher and Bible school teacher. She was a member of Helping Hands Society, Coffee Break Bible Study and Des Moines Area Retired School Personnel. Leona graduated from Drake University in 1970. She taught at the Prairie City Christian School for one year, Prairie City Elementary/PCM for 33 years and Sylvan Learning Center for five years. She retired when she was 80 years old. She enjoyed her family, reading, traveling and gardening.
Those left to honor her memory are three sons and daughters-in-law, Max and Colleen of Prairie City, Brian and Viola of Runnells and Dennis and Marcia of Prairie City. Her grandchildren are Troy (Becky) VandeLune, Amy (Tim) Fulton, Chad (Dorothy) VandeLune; Greg (Ann) VandeLune, Bret (Katie) VandeLune, Teresa (Jeremy) Steensma; Chris (Lisa) VandeLune, Lisa Anderson and Brad (Tricia) VandeLune. Her great-grandchildren are Megan (Jon), Lindsay and Tyler, Emily and Drew, Sydney, Juniper and Celia; Justin, Teddy and Molly, Cooper, Carson and Cutler, Caleb; Christian, Joel, Taylor, Emma, Abbigayle, Malorie and Maggie, Noah and Aidan, Collin and Alivia. She is also survived by her sister, Maxine Schuttinga of Altoona, and sister-in-law, Ann Rouwenhorst of Pella. Preceding her in death were her husband, Bill in 1997; infant son, Kevin; her sisters, Louise Kane, Norma Schuttinga and Laverna Aalbers; her brother, Melvin Rouwenhorst; great-grandchildren, Zoe Jean Anderson and Price Wilbert VandeLune; and brothers-in-law, Don Aalbers, Gerald Schutting, Art Schuttinga and Beryl Kane.
Leona will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.