Leona A. Dabkey, (nee DeRuntz)

Leona A. Dabkey, (nee DeRuntz), age 95, born March 30, 1922, in Chicago, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2017. Beloved wife of 61 years to the late, Earle Dabkey who she married in 1947 in Las Vegas. Cherished mother of Laurel Obert and Lee (Louise) Dabkey; proud grandmother of John (Fernie Tiflis) Dabkey, Greg (Rachael) Dabkey, Kate (Eric) Hightower and Kristie (Ryan) Powers; loving great-grandmother of Belle Dabkey; fond aunt of Sharon (Bob) Smothers, Lorraine (Bradley Smith) Gudgeon, Margaret (Tom) Banick and Allen (Debbie) Dabkey. She was a warm, comfortable lap to her cat, Coco Kitten. Up until age 92, she bowled every week. She enjoyed reading the daily newspaper and doing the crossword puzzle. She faithfully watched Jeopardy every day. Leona was an enthusiastic Bulls and White Sox fan. Leona was a world-class worrier and put the feelings and needs of others ahead of hers. She had a strong sense of fairness and right and wrong. She will be forever loved and remembered for her gentle, quiet nature and encouraging smile. In addition to her husband, Earle, Leona was preceded in death by her father, Leo DeRuntz and her mother, Elizabeth Arnold. Leona was the original recycle, reuse, repurposer. She almost always had a coupon for every purchase. In her honor clip a coupon, find a bargain and enjoy a piece of Dove Dark Chocolate. Visitation, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 3 P.M. to Time of Service 8 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment Private Parkholm Cemetery. Memorials appreciated to: In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Easter Seals SW Florida, 350 Braden Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34242 or The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division, 5040 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60630 in her name. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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  1. B.A.R.T. condolence:

    We will miss you grandma. Always enjoyed being in your company. I will miss my Christmas dinner’s biggest fan!

  2. Tom and Barbara Kalnes condolence:

    We are sorry for your loss and pray that you and your family will find comfort in the many wonderful memories.

  3. Therese Lynch condolence:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the death of your mother. What a lovely woman. I’m in LA until late Wed evening. So sorry to miss the service. Will talk with you soon. Love, Therese

  4. Sharon Krikorian condolence:

    Laurel and family- so sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like a lovely woman that will be missed dearly. Sending you love and prayers

  5. Joanne Josephson condolence:

    Laurel, Lee, & Dabkey Family,
    The words written above say it all about dear, sweet Leona. I will always remember her sitting in her easy chair in the living room along side your dad sitting in his easy chair. Such a wonderful couple…always smiling, laughing, and enjoying visits from family and friends.
    Love and peace to you all.

  6. Carl & Kathy Rauch condolence:

    Lee, Louise, and Dabkey Family,
    So Sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to you. I’ll remember her smile to the Dabkey BBQ’s.

    Love and Prayers,

    Carl & Kathy

  7. Mary Ann & Jerry condolence:

    We have such fond memories of Leona. She was truly one of the most dignified people I have know. She was always concerned about the welfare of other. Rest In Peace, Leona. May your family cherish the memories of a life well lived.

  8. Earl Ellison condolence:

    Sweet, calm, with low key sense of humor. I will always remember her and her favorite joke–“The Panda”. I know Leona is bowling again. Yea!

  9. Bob valenta condolence:

    Lee my friend my sincerest sympathy on the passing of a wonderfull woman. I’ll always be grateful to your parents for what they did for me. My thoughts are with you and yours. Bob

  10. Marilyn Stanek Geldzahler condolence:

    Dear Laurel, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, but happy that you got to spend time with your Mother these last few years when she needed you. Marilyn

  11. Kathy Edens condolence:

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. I will always remember her wonderful smile.

  12. Tom and Dorothy Foulis condolence:

    Laurel and Lee

    Your Mom was such a sweet lady. She will be missed. Our deepest sympathies to you and your whole family.

  13. Judywilliams condolence:

    Dear Greg. So sorry for your loss. I know you will feel the strength and love she gave you.
    Judy Williams

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