Leona Klumb


March 24, 1922 - September 30, 2018


Leona Klumb, 96, Mitchell, died Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Corsica.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Friday, October 5 at St. John Lutheran Church at rural Dimock. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 pm Thursday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Leona Gertrude Klumb was born March 24, 1922 to Herman and Hattie (Moeschner) Goldammer in Mitchell, SD. She grew up on the family farm a mile south of town with her sister Dorothy and her parents and grandparents. After graduating from Mitchell High School she worked in a bakery where she perfected her baking skills. Her pies were the best.  

She met the love of her life, Lavern Klumb, in 1948 and they were married on August 1st of that year at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. They had three sons, Wesley, Mark, and Scott. Lavern and Leona farmed southwest of Mitchell for 66 years and she loved farm life. She was Lavern’s right hand woman, helping him with everything that needed to be done on the farm. She enjoyed gardening, growing the most beautiful irises, and also loved to paint. The masterpieces she created will be treasured.  

Her relationship with God was always very important to her. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church. After she moved out to the farm southwest of Mitchell, she devoted herself to service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Dimock. She taught Sunday school for 8 years, led the choir for 14 years, and was an active member of Lutheran Women. She loved making quilts for missions and banners to decorate the church.  

Although Psalm 139 was her favorite of the many passages she had underlined in her Bible, she said “I loved all of them – they told me about myself – like my ways are not always God’s ways. Love is so important. I try to serve others before myself and help them.” Leona exemplified this her whole life.  

She will be remembered and missed greatly by her sister Dorothy (Bill) Puder, Casper, WY; her son Mark (Rebecca), Mt. Vernon, SD; her grandchildren Travis (Greta), Knoxville, TN, Joshua (Sadie), Anessa, Mariah (Eric) Knight, Natasha, Micah, Mt. Vernon, SD, and Jeremiah (Anastasia), Dubuque, IA; her great-grandchildren Xander, Avery, and Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her baby sister Marie, her husband Lavern, and her sons Wesley and Scott. 


Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Friday, October 5, 2018
10:00 AM
St. John Lutheran Church
39941 270th St
Dimock, South Dakota 57331


St. John Lutheran Cemetery
Dimock, South Dakota

Posted by Aseracare on October 6, 2018
It has been our honor and privilege to care for Leona. Thank you for allowing us to care and love on them. We hope you are finding peace and rest during this new transition. ~AseraCare Hospice Team
Posted by Jen Larsen on October 4, 2018
My thoughts and prayers to the Klumb family.
Posted by Wayne Mueller on October 4, 2018
I remember Leona directing our church choir for most of my childhood/teen years. She enjoyed choir music and was a blessing to so many worship services. She may fit right in with the heavenly choir she has joined. Our prayers are with the Klumb family as you remember her publicly tomorrow at St. Johns Church.
Posted by Georgia Rome on October 4, 2018
May Leona's love of life and love for you comfort your heart and lift your spirits through these most difficult days. She was truly glorious, and so are you. Though you may feel lonely now, know that you are surrounded by love (SO much love), and you are not alone.
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