Leona L. Abbas

Leona Lavonne (Carlson) Abbas, 79, of Kanawha passed away Sunday, May 22, 2005, at the Wright Medical Center in Clarion following a courageous battle with cancer.

Leona, the daughter of Adolph and Ruth (Paskin) Carlson, was born January 3, 1926, on a farm west of Kanawha.  She was baptized in St. John’s Lutheran Church and later became a member of the Kanawha Methodist Church.  She attended the rural schools and graduated from Kanawha High School in 1943.

On September 9, 1943, Leona was united in marriage with Ion Freerksen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  To this union two children were born Arlene and Richard.  The couple made their home and farmed in the Kanawha area until they retired due to Ion’s failing health.  They moved into Kanawha in 1968.  Ion passed away January 8, 1980.

Leona was employed at the Kanawha Co-op Elevator for a number of years, retiring in May 1991.  Following her retirement, she moved to Michigan to be near her son and his family.

On April 16, 1999, Leona was united in marriage with Donald Abbas in Jenison, Michigan and returned to Kanawha to live.

She was a faithful member of the Kanawha Christian Reformed Church.  She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed baking.

Leona is survived by her husband Donald Abbas of Kanawha; two children: Arlene Goemaat and her husband, Larry of Lakewood, California and Richard Freerksen and his wife, Ruth of Grand Rapids, Michigan; two step children: Darl Abbas and his wife, Paula of Kanawha and Lois Mouw and her husband, Glen of Sioux City; eight grandchildren; five grandchildren; five sisters: Marjorie Omvig of Kanawha, Maxine Eliason and her husband, Cecil of Kanawh, Elaine Weiland of Klemme, Jeanette (Jeanie) Bonjour of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Janice Liekweg and her husband, Rex of Rockwell; one brother Carroll Carlson and his wife, Beverly of Owatonna, Minnesota, and sister-in-law Jeanne Carlson of Kanawha.

She was preceded in death by her parents in 1979; her first husband Ion in 1980; two brothers: Leo in 1969 and Harlan in 2004, and an infant sister in 1943.



Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Kanawha Christian Reformed Church
129 East Third Street, Kanawha, Iowa 50447
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