Leona “Onie” Katherine LeRiche nee Ostermiller, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, age 99, of Lincoln, passed into God’s hands March 25, 2016, in Sugar Land, Texas. She was a wonderful example of faith, love and strength and she will be dearly missed. Leona was born January 26, 1917, in Lincoln, to Katherine (Alles) Ostermiller and George Ostermiller. She had three sisters and one brother. Leona graduated from Lincoln High School. She married James C. LeRiche in 1939. They made their home in Lincoln, and were the parents to one beautiful daughter, Kay Ellen. Leona was employed by Boyden Pharmacy, managed the Dotty Dunn Hat Shop, worked for Gold & Company for 18 years, and served the Municipal Court for 19 years, all in Lincoln. She became a member of St. Paul United Methodist church in 1934 where she served as a member, and president, of the United Methodist Women’s Group. Leona was a long time member of the Everett Neighborhood Association and the Mayors Round Table for the Vision Impaired.
She is survived by her brother George Ostermiller and wife Fern Ostermiller, three grandchildren, Kim Trippel Daigle and husband Ritch Daigle of Sugar Land, Texas, Don Trippel Jr. of Haughton, La., David Trippel and wife Kristy Trippel of Haughton, La., four great-grandchildren Conner Daigle, Alex Daigle, Dakota Villard, Tyler Villard, son-in-law Don D. Trippel and wife Kasey Trippel, and many loving nieces, nephews, friends and devoted caregivers at Oyster Creek Manor.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4, at the Wyuka Chapel, 3600 O Street, Lincoln. Viewing one hour preceding the service.
Her lessons of love and strength will be with us always.