Leona Irene Schleicher Rien, 90, Scottsbluff

Leona Irene Schleicher Rien, 90, of Scottsbluff, passed away peacefully surrounded by her three loving daughters, Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Heritage Estates in Gering. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Zion Evangelical church in Scottsbluff with Pastors Garry Schick and Andy Griess officiating. Leona will be laid to rest alongside her husband Victor, at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Visitation will be from 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical church.

Leona was born January 25, 1924, in Scottsbluff to Samuel and Katherine (Benzel) Schleicher. She grew up and attended school in the Scottsbluff area. Leona married Victor Rien, January 11, 1942, in Torrington, Wyoming, and to this union three daughters were born: Charlene, Kathy, and Vicky. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2013. Leona and Victor were partners in farming for 41 years. They retired in February, 1983, and moved to town into the home of their dreams. Taking up walking daily, they became known as the Walkers in their neighborhood.

Leona was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and daughter. When not in the fields working alongside her husband, one would find her doing the things that gave her much pleasure, cooking, sewing, and gardening. Each of her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren have received a quilt, afghan and baby blanket that she made especially for them. Daughter, Vicky, was blessed when her mother offered to make her wedding dress. Leona enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Roll and Coffee league for many years. As a devoted daughter, she cared for her elderly parents, checking on them daily. She was always willing and ready to lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need. Her most recent passion was reading.

She has been a role model to all of her family. Leona leaves them with many wonderful memories, and hopes that they each can continue to show the kindness, courage and willingness to help those that they come in contact with as they continue the legacy that she has taught each of them.

Leona is survived by her daughters, Charlene (Junior) Schwartz, Minatare, Kathy (Mark) Anderson, Waco, TX, and Vicky (Tim) Margheim, Scottsbluff; six grandchildren, Jeff Schwartz, Minatare, Robin (Tim) Johnson, Aurora, CO, Kristen Gammel, Waco, TX, Matt (Kadie) Anderson, Spring, TX, Dr. Joseph (Andrea) Margheim, Scottsbluff and Jenny (Ed) Armstrong, Bellevue, NE; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Eldora Heyl, Kirksville, MO and Jolene Wurm, Lakewood, CO; brother, Art (Jackie) Schleicher, Plattsmouth, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Victor; her parents; sister, Edna Frank; brothers-in-law, Bill Heyl, Emanual Frank, Jack Hight and Larry Wurm; and nephew, Perry Hight

The family wants to extend a special thanks to Heritage's Juniper and Cedar neighborhoods staff, the therapists and Mary Beth Mau for all the love and support given to Leona and her daughters.

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