Leona Struckhoff (nee Sieve), age 93, of Washington, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018, in Washington. She was born June 4, 1925, to the late Herman and Alvine (nee Hanneken) Sieve in Washington. She was united in marriage to Fredrick “Jiggs” Brinker on April 29, 1944, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Villa Ridge. Jiggs preceded her in death on August 9, 1985. On September 29, 1995, she was united in marriage to Leonard Struckhoff in St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Washington. A talented quilter, Leona created many cherished heirlooms for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was a strong-willed woman, full of love for her family, who tirelessly and cheerfully made her kitchen a welcoming place for everyone always making sure that no one left hungry.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Monday, October 22, 2018, from Miller Funeral Home in Washington. Memorials may be made to St. Francis Borgia Grade School, Franklin County Honor Flight, and the American Cancer Society.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard Struckhoff, seven children Bernice and husband Ralph Brinkmann; Bonnie Brinkmann; Eugene and wife Ruth Brinker; Thomas and wife Marilyn Brinker; Michael Brinker and friend Pam Westhoelter, all of Washington, Sharon and husband Dennis Liesmann of New Haven, and Gerald and wife Melissa Brinker of Union; one daughter-in-law Virginia Brinker of Washington, six siblings Alvina Leesmann of the High Hill, Missouri area, Mary Jane Lawrence of North Carolina, Lorraine Kleekamp of Washington, Theola and husband John Haslag of Krakow, Elsie and husband Virgil Siedhoff of Union, and William and wife Gwen Sieve of California, Missouri; twenty-six grandchildren; forty-one great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and great-great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; one son David Brinker; one son-in-law Erwin Brinkmann; and three siblings Herman Sieve, George Sieve, and Ann Koch.