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Obituary: Leona May Sakes, 98 - September 15, 2017
Leona May Sakes, 98, of Minonk, died at 10 p.m. Friday (Sept. 15, 2017) at Heritage Health in Minonk, where she had been a resident since 2006.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1918 in Minonk, a daughter of Theodore and Ella May Stokowski. She married Kenneth A. Sakes on July 30, 1939 in Minonk. He died on Jan. 10, 2002.

Surviving are two sons, Gary (Dianne) Sakes of Englewood, Fla., and Richard Sakes of LaSalle; six grandchildren, Andrea Dolan, Shannon Sakes, Mark Newlun, Erica Bolton, Amy Iorio and Russell Sakes; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Irma Jean Reints and Joan Barth both of Minonk.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, two brothers, Melvin and Richard Stokowski, and great-granddaughter, Olivia Dolan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 21, 2017) at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. David Strickler will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. before the services on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorial contributions be made to American Legion Post #464 in Benson. Online condolences may be sent to the family at