October 6, 1919-July 9, 2009
Leona was born in the farming community of Earling, Iowa to Joseph and Emma (Bauer) Mayr. She was the third of eight children. Upon graduation from high school at the age of 17, she traveled to California to begin her career in a new and exciting city. Waiting to pick her up at the train station in San Francisco was her brother, Al, and his roommate, a handsome and charming young man, Omar Seefeldt. Leona and Omar married on June 1, 1940 and eventually settled in Belmont, CA. They recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.
Leona worked at several jobs including 17 years with See's Candy serving as a manager in several Bay Area shops. She later worked for GTE Lenkurt in San Carlos as an electronics assembler. Besides working full time she managed to raise three children and perform in various volunteer capacities and attend college classes in the evenings.
Upon retirement in 1982, Leona and Omar moved to Lucerne where they built their dream home on beautiful Clear Lake. But, retirement would not mean sitting idly in a rocking chair. Leona volunteered her time with various organizations, including serving as president and in other positions with Queen of the Rosary Catholic Church Lady's Guild. She was also active with the Elk Lady's group and used her special talent in making hand crafted items to sell in their bazaars. Retirement also included lots of traveling with several trips to world-wide destinations. Their last overseas trip was just three years ago to visit their grandson in Hawaii.
Leona is survived by her husband, Omar, along with their three children, Jim (Cookie) of Citrus Heights, CA, Carol (Jim) Moore of Lompoc, CA, and Laura (Bill) Wirz of Belmont, CA. She has four grandchildren; Joe, Laura, Glen and Katrina; two step-grandsons, Christian and Brandon; and three great-granddaughters, Hannah, Lillyan and Chance. She also leaves behind brothers, Walter and Joseph Mayr of Alaska, Alois Mayr of Redding, CA and sister, Mildred Panconi of Castro Valley, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration of Leona's life at the Queen of the Rosary Church, 3892 Country Club Dr. in Lucerne on Friday, July 17th at 12:30 pm. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Leona's name to either Queen of the Rosary, Ladies Guild, P.O. Box 847, Lucerne, CA 95458 or Hospice Services of Lake County, 1717 So. Main, Lakeport, CA 95453