ESTHERVILLE - Mass of Christian Burial for Maxine Leonard, 94, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville with Monsignor Michael Sernett as Celebrant. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Interment will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Estherville.
She died Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.
Maxine Mary (Truesdell) Leonard, the daughter of William and Myrtle (Stamp) Truesdell, was born March 20, 1918, in Graettinger.
She received her education at Emmet Consolidated High School and attended one year at Estherville Junior College.
On Jan. 12, 1939, she was united in marriage to Isidore J. Neppl. The couple farmed in the Estherville area for 43 years. Isidore died Oct. 15, 1982. On Aug. 6, 1985, she married Eugene Leonard. The couple made their home in Estherville and enjoyed spending several months each winter in Missouri. Eugene died June 14, 1998. Over the years, Maxine enjoyed reading and working with young people to encourage them to get their education.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church for over 70 years. She was active in the Altar Society, CDA, Church Council and Hospice. She also was a 4-H Leader and served on the Election Board over 30 years.
Maxine is survived by her son-in-law, George Bruner; six grandchildren, Lisa Weed, Joel Neppl, Jay Bruner, Stacy Bruner, Jane Bruner and Timothy Bruner; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Irene Neppl, Lorraine Kirchner, Bernice Bendixen, Bud and Dorothy Neppl, Ethel and Jerry Pohlen, Rita Fox and Bernadette Neppl; and several nieces and nephews in the Truesdell and Neppl family.
She has been preceded in death by her husbands; parents; son, Leon Neppl; daughter, Susan Bruner; two brothers, Owen and Oliver; sister, Mildred Maloney and brothers and sisters-in-law.
Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com.