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Sunday January 16th, 2022
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Leona Marie Cwach

Leona Marie Cwach, 90, died peacefully surrounded by family on January 11, 2022 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, SD.

Leona was born April 11, 1931 to Martin A. and Antonia (Cap) Mazourek, on her grandparent’s homestead “The Welcome Farm” in Dante, SD. Through her childhood she cared for the farm animals, collected wood for cooking and heating, learned to sew, crochet and bake wonderful Czech meals. Growing up in a Czech family, Czech was the primary language spoken in the home. As a child, the family lived at several area farms in the communities of Dante, Wakonda and Tabor. The country schools she attended included Lonetree #3, Colfax and Debois and graduated from Tabor High School in 1949. That summer she went to work in Yankton at Moore’s Confectionary as an ice cream and soda fountain waitress. Leona was introduced to her future husband, Luvern Cwach, by her brothers and her Uncle Joe Straka. Luvern was the love of her life and they were married June 27, 1950 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor and also renewed their 50th Anniversary vows at Lakeport Church. Luvern and Leona were married for 57 years until he passed away on January 6, 2008. Through their union they raised 5 daughters. The family further grew to include 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. For 17 years they lived on his family homestead until they purchased a farm, in the same section, where she lived until her last month of life. Their lives were filled with raising cattle and hogs; growing grain crops and a huge garden with their famous horseradish. They enjoyed attending local dances at Tabor and Utica, gatherings with neighbors and friends and traveling together.

Being called to serve in her community Leona found great delight serving in several organizations including, The Wee Willing Worker’s 4-H club with her daughters, 4-H Extension, Westside Susan’s Club, Czech Heritage, Antique Auto, Farmer’s Union and many more. One notable contribution is the 21 years she worked to restore Lakeport Church as a board member of the restoration committee. The church built of chalk rock was more than just a “Smiling Church” it was a church full of history of the Cap/Mazourek families.

Leona cherished history and heritage and she found great joy in sharing her knowledge, skills and values with her family and friends. She carried her experiences from her childhood through gardening in the summer then pickling and canning much of her harvest. Many quilts, crocheted afghans and thoughtfully sewn gifts were made by her hands and gifted to loved ones. Continuously in the kitchen, she loved cooking meals for guests. Leona was always on the hunt for new dessert recipes to bake and share or new recipes for her two favorite Czech pastries: Kolaches and Houska. If you would catch her sitting, she loved to spend time reading the newspaper, autobiographies or history books.

Even though Leona was committed to her roots and heritage she wasn’t without her surprises. The latest years of her life were filled with travels, publishing, car shows, concerts and construction. In 2013, with the help of her family, Leona replaced her old house with a house built by the Yankton High School students. Once settled into her new home she compiled and printed the Cwach family heritage, along with a cookbook for relatives. Confident in her cooking skills, she submitted many recipes that were published in newsletters. When seeking some entertainment, Leona would travel with her St. Isidore group, to musical events such as Mollie B and the Glenn Miller orchestra with family and friends. During the summers, not a week would go by, where Leona would remind the family of the upcoming classic car dinner cruise, which she was committed to attending.

Faith and people were two highly valued things for Leona. She was a member of St. Benedict Parish and St. Isidore Circle, since its formation. Her happiest and most treasured moments were times spent with her husband, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially playing games and cards including Dominos, King’s Korner and 10 Down and the many gatherings to make homemade ice-cream or canning corn or her famous canned pickles. Leona will always be remembered by friends as a true friend to have coffee, lunches and desserts that she wanted to share with others. Anyone who came to her house never left without dessert. When Leona celebrated her 90th birthday, it was celebrated with a car parade around her house while looking forward to checking her mailbox every day for her card shower.

Leona leaves her daughters, Norma (Lorin) Froehlich, Donna (Gary) Peterson, Ruth (Dave) Frank, Nancy (Darrell) Livingston and Renee (Gary) Becker; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Martin (Joan) Mazourek and sister, MaryAnn Tielke.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luvern Cwach; her parents; brothers, Theodore, Ben, Adolph and Frank Mazourek; sons-in-law, David Frank and Lorin Froehlich.

She will be remembered by many family members and friends, too numerous to name, and carry her love and friendship to all.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Lakeport Church Restoration or the Tabor Czech Heritage Society.

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Dear Norma, Donna, Ruth, Nancy and Renee,

It is with great sadness that we learned about the passing of your mom.

Aunt Leona was someone very special, a kind and Godly woman.

Reunited now with her husband, parents and her brothers. May she Rest In Peace.

With our deepest sympathy,

Greg Mazourek and family

Greg Jan 19 2022 2:32 PM

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Leona. She was an amazing person. Our many trips to Yankton were made all the more joyful when we were able to visit with her and Luvern. She would always make you feel at home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all that knew her.

John and Anita Kotz Jan 17 2022 1:08 PM

Dear Norma, Donna, Ruth, Nancy, and Renee,
My deepest sympathy to all of on the loss of your mother-- such a wonderful woman! She was always so thoughtful! A backbone in the Cwach family, helping to arrange so many Cwach Family reunions and helping to organize the treasured Cwach Family cookbooks. The Cwach Family inherited a gem when Uncle Luvern married her! I have a small glass dish that she gave me a couple of years ago when we came out to see her-- she said it was a gift to her and Luvern on their 40th wedding anniversary and I think of them when I see it sitting on Grandma Cwach's bookcase in my dining room. May your sorrow be eased by the happy memories you have of her. With love, Laurie

Laurie Crisler Jan 17 2022 7:24 AM

Leona was one of the sweetest women I have ever known! God bless you all as you mourn her passing. She is with her maker now.

Barbara J Mach Jan 16 2022 7:58 PM

It's amazing how fragile life is and amazing how we always take it for granted just assuming we will have more time to make more good memories. Leona was one heck of a lady that as a child, you take for granted too but as we age, to understand and appreciate so much more. Leona seemed to always have the wisdom so few do and celebrated life, family and friends as often as she could and was good at it. Wish there weren't so many miles from my relatives in South Dakota/Nebraska as it seems they hold the secret to life which is living a full life every day. It would have been nice to have made a few more wonderful memories with Leona. She will be missed! Such a neat lady!

Kelly Farmbrough Jan 16 2022 6:36 PM

Renee and all ... your mom was about the sweetest lady you could ever meet. What a blessing she was to our entire corner of South Dakota, with her contagious smile and many kindnesses. We'll always remember her and that beautiful smile.

Bernie and Myrna Hunhoff Jan 16 2022 12:48 PM

Renee and family,

I will always remember Leona as a 'sweetie'....and my mother's dear friend. She really was special....and I will remember her fondly. Bless you all....and may she rest in peace!

Judy Stratman Jan 15 2022 8:26 AM

Dear Norma, Donna, Nancy, Renee & Ruth,
I was saddened to hear of your mom's death. She was a kind and generous woman, who contributed much to the Cwach family. Not only did she help us share our heritage but also share our recipes! I treasure those cookbooks she spearheaded with your help!
I am sorry I won't be able to attend the funeral. Snowy weather and distance make traveling problematic. But please know that I have been praying for your mom and all of you over the past week. Your mom lived a good life, and we are all better people for having been a part of it. Much love, Sandy

Sandy Gaul Jan 14 2022 5:23 PM