Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:40 pm
Leona Bullerman, 90, of Calmar, died peacefully, with her family by her side, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Ossian Senior Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Calmar, with Rev. Robert Gross officiating. Lector was Jerry Winter. Organist was Jeanette Dietzenbach. Soloists were Mary Arneson (“On Eagle’s Wings”) and Wendy Olson (“How Great Thou Art”). The St. Aloysius Choir sang “Here I am Lord” and “Prayer of St. Francis.” Offertory gift bearers were Brenda Olson, Robin Castor, Kasey Bullerman, Jenny Gordon and Wendy Olson. Casket bearers were Cory Bullerman, Mike Matt, Brian Matt, Kris Gordon, Shane Tieskoetter and Dustin Tieskoetter. Interment was at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Calmar. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Calmar.
Leona (Winter) Bullerman was born Feb. 6, 1927, the daughter of John and Philomena “Minnie” (Hackman) Winter, on the family farm in St. Lucas. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas. Leona attended St. Luke’s Catholic School and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1945. She married Vincent Bullerman June 11, 1946, at the St. Luke’s Catholic Church. To this union four children were born: Leon, Eileen, Marlene and Jan. Leona farmed with Vince south of Calmar until 1982 when the moved to Calmar. She cooked at the Oneota Country Club and the South Winn Country Club until retiring in June of 2015. Leona was known for her baking, especially Kolaches and pie bars. She loved polka dancing with Vince, playing cards, golf and visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Leona was a member of the South Winn Country Club, St. Aloysius Rosary Society and the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Calmar.
Leona is survived by her son, Leon (Jane) Bullerman, Decorah; three daughters: Eileen (Delbert) Matt, Marion; Marlene (Fred) Gordon, Dorchester; and Jan (Steve) Tieskoetter, Austin, Minn.; sister, Alma Ameling, Hawkeye; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Winter, New Hampton and Kathryn Uhlenhake, Ossian; grandchildren: Cory (Nora) Bullerman, Kasey Bullerman, Brenda (Jay) Olson, Robin (Jason) Castor, Brian (Alissa) Matt, Michael (Sherry Goberdhan) Matt, Kris (Kim) Gordon, Jenny Gordon, Wendy (Leif) Olson, Dustin (Heather) Tieskoetter and Shane (Evan) Tieskoetter; great-grandchildren: Maddux, Olive, Pearl, Shelby, Zoey, Lauren, Katelyn, Andrew, Audrey, Vince, Kallan, Knox, Samantha, Colin, Ryan, Brekyn and Kinsley.
Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Bullerman; parents, John T. and Philomena “Minnie” (Hackman) Winter; father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Catherine (Timp) Bullerman; two brothers, Melvin Winter and Delbert (Ruby) Winter; sister, Irma (Virgil) Thuente; four brothers-in-law: Raymond (Josephine) Bullerman, Leonard (Irma) Bullerman, Ray Uhlenhake and Irvin Ameling; two sisters-in-law, Angela (Hugo) Zweibohmer and Helen Bullerman; granddaughter, Kelly Gordon.