Leona “Onie” Wilske Smith


Age 97,  Formerly of Crosslake

Passed peacefully on November 21, 2021 at the wonderful age of 97. Preceded in death by husbands, Donald Wilske and Harold Smith; brothers, Patrick & Richard Leier; sister, Loretta Bild; son-in-law; Dale Schultz; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Wilske. Survived by children, Donna Schultz, Douglas Wilske, Susan (Dale) Karoff, Rocky (Yvonne) Wilske; grandchildren, Duke Schultz, Darla Schultz, Diane Enfield, Dana Ersfeld, Patrick Wilske, David Wilske, BobbySue Weymss, Ricky Weymss; great grandchildren, Travis Schultz, DJ Schultz, Laressa Schultz, Drew Schultz, Lacy Enfield, Devon Enfield, Cody Quast, Triston Quast, Celeste Quast, Jack Wilske; great great granddaughter, Sidney Schultz.

Leona was born in Grand Forks, ND on September 12,1924 to George Leier and Barbara Buckmier Leier she moved to St. Paul at a young age. A graduate of Washington High School she later met and married Donald Wilske until his passing in February 1983. In 1967 they bought a cabin on Crosslake and turned it into their dream retirement location. Leona was active in local Crosslake social groups and worked for Father Paul at the Crosslake Catholic Church. Later in life she married Harold Smith and moved to Nisswa, MN. In 2010 they moved into The Meadows on Fairview Assisted Living, Wyoming, MN

Funeral service 11 AM Saturday, November 27th with visitation one hour prior at Roberts Family Funeral Home, Forest Lake. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Mahtomedi. Memorials preferred to Little Sisters of the Poor & Northwoods Humane Society of Wyoming, MN.