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Leone Stolz

Dec. 21, 1913-March 3, 2009

Leone B. Stolz, 95, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 03, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Leone was born the daughter of Raymond and Dora (Green) DeWitt on Dec. 21, 1913, in Lakeview Township, rural Detroit Lakes. She attended country school in Lakeview Township. As a young adult, she helped on the family farm and cleaned cottages in the Shoreham area.

Leone married Kenneth Sauer on July 9, 1936 in Detroit Lakes. They made their home in rural Pelican Rapids before returning to Lakeview Township, where they farmed. Kenneth passed away in 1963.

Leone married Rudy Stolz on Sept. 9, 1967. They made their home in Detroit Lakes. She enjoyed fishing, knitting, sewing, baking, gardening, and collecting salt and pepper shakers. Leone was known for her large gardens, from which she canned a variety of vegetables. She loved spending time with her family, especially at the July 4 picnics, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Surviving Leone are her son, James (Phyllis) Sauer of Detroit Lakes; daughter, Rebecca (James) Ratz of Bloomington, Minn.; one stepson, Clayton (Fran) Stolz of Olathe, Kansas; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; several step-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Leone in death were her parents; first husband, Kenneth; second husband, Rudy (1985); one brother, Raymond DeWitt; and two sisters, Ariel Brolin and Arlene Hafner.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at First Baptist Church, Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Jim Hinson, officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.

West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been entrusted with the arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at