Leona Sand

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Leona Marie (Ouellette) Sand, 84, died Aug. 7, 2014. She was born Aug. 29, 1929, in St. Joseph to Roland and Edna (Girard) Ouellette. She attended school in Washington and graduated from high school with the class of 1947. During high school and after graduation, she worked at the drug store in Washington. She married William Sand on Aug. 26, 1948, in Greenleaf. After moving to Wymore, Neb., Bill was recalled back to active duty during the Korean Conflict, and the couple spent time at Camp Roberts, Calif. After Bill’s discharge, they returned to Nebraska and in 1954 purchased their first newspaper in Exeter, Neb., the Fillmore County News. In 1959, they purchased the Friend Sentinel moved to Friend. She also worked at the Warren Memorial Hospital as a nurse’s aide for 18 years. The couple sold the Friend Sentinel in 1985. She attended church at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was a member of the Altar Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, Warren Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, worked with the Salvation Army and delivered meals on wheels. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Edna Ouellette; son, James; brothers-in-law, Walt Hinkle, Ronnie Eaton, Al Jones, Jerry Pangburn; sisters-in-law, Jamie Pangburn and Janet Shafer. Survivors include her husband, Bill, Friend, Neb.; son, Richard, Huntsville Ala.; daughter, Lisa St. Louis and husband, Shawn, Friend, Neb.; five grandchildren; three great-grandsons; brothers, Dean Ouellette and wife, Delores, Seward Neb., Larry Ouellette and wife, Diane, Washington, James Ouellette and wife, Peg, Oxford, Neb.; sisters, Lorretta Hinkle, McPherson, Diana Fell and husband Greg, Camden, Mo., Sharon Keeler and husband, Garry, Baldwin City; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bob and Dorie Sand, Hanover, Dallas Shafer, Holyoke, Colo., and Jackie Jones, Gretna, Neb. A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Aug. 11 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Friend, Neb. with Fr. Lawrence Stoley and Fr. David Bourek officiating. Interment was in Washington City Cemetery, Washington. Ginny Bode was the Reader. Honorary Pallbearers were Larry Ouellette, Dean Ouellette, Garry Keeler, Greg Fell and Bob Sand. Pallbearers were Ronnie Ouellette, Tyler St Louis, Dave Jensby, Jim Ouellette, Dallas Schafer and Chris Wendlandt. Susan Weber, organist, accompanied Gloria Riley as she sang “I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say” and the congregational hymns, “Amazing Grace,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Memorials have been established to St. Joseph Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend. Condolences may be sent to the family at laubermoore.com.

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