Leona Tucker

Leona Tucker

Leona Tucker, 97, passed away in Wausau, WI on January 11, 2019. She was born Leona Helene Garbisch on April 12, 1921 in Granton, WI. She married Joseph Tucker on May 18, 1948. They lived in Superior at 913 Weeks Avenue for most of their married life. Joe and Leona moved to Wausau in 1990 to be nearer their family.

In Superior, Leona was an active member of St. Louis Parish and many diocesan committees. She was a leader for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and she was well known as a dealer for Stanley Home Products. Later she was active with the AARP. She and Joe enjoyed dancing, card playing, camping and travel.

Leona was preceded in death by her beloved husband Joe, an infant son, her parents Paul and Emma Garbisch, all her siblings and their spouses, and her son-in-law, James Nikstad.

Leona will be greatly missed by her children, Emalyn Nikstad (Wausau, WI) and Rick and Bonnie Tucker (Hermantown, MN), her grandchildren and their spouses Laura Nikstad and Dan Tyx (McAllen, TX), Paul and Erica Nikstad (Deephaven, MN) , Bethany Nikstad (St. Louis, MO), Andrea and Brandon Walburg (Hermantown, MN), Joseph P. Tucker (Dayton, OH) and Kyle Tucker (Yokohama, Japan) and her great-grandchildren Benjamin Tyx, Ana Tyx, Trevor Walburg, Thomas Walburg and Judd Nikstad. She is also survived by her in-laws Aileen Tucker, Mary Tucker, David and Janice Tucker and Michael Tucker.

Services will be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau, on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:30 with the Mass of Burial at 11:30. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Superior, WI in spring.

Peterson-Kraemer Funeral Home of Wausau is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


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