Leona J. Strong, after 101 years of Christian living, with her extended family by her side, made the journey to heaven on April 22, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Aniela “Nellie” Pstrogoski; sisters, Bernice, Clara (Frank) Manjack, and Kacie. She was a long-time resident of Muskegon’s Roosevelt Park Neighborhood, a lifelong employee of Seal Power and member of St. Jeans Parish family. Leona grew up in Rockford and was part of the Rockford High School class of 1937. After graduation she worked on her family farm until WWII ended. Since 1995 Leona has lived in the Grand Rapids Eastown Neighborhood. Always vibrant and full of passion for Jesus Christ, she attended and became a beloved member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. Leona loved to walk and would stop at area markets and restaurants, visiting with members of the community along the way. Her daily routine included breakfast with her dear friends at Early Bird Café. Leona loved celebrating birthdays and holidays with the Farage family and other close neighbors. She had a great sense of humor and was always so appreciative of kindness extended to her. In return, Leona would send beautiful artistically written “Thank You” notes with lovely sentiments and stories. John Farage and his family would like to send many warm thank yous to all the neighbors and dear friend’s who helped give Leona over a century of happiness. A celebration of Leona’s life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Saint Thomas Education Foundation, 1449 Wilcox Park Drive SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
I will always remember Leona Strong because she was a friend to my mother Helen J. (Videtich) Schaub. My Mom would invite Leona to dinner & always used her best china service and cook a great meal. Leona was also friends of Rose(Videtich)Kent, Frances Kern, Helen (Videtich) Schaub,etc. Several of those women were friends with Leona & her sisters. We last saw Leona at Ruth Ruby’s Visitation Feb. 2018.
December 12, 2020
My mom Helen(Videtich)Schaub had Leona over for dinner and brought out her good China.
I remember as young girls Leona took my sister and I down town to see Rudolph, at Hardy Herpolshimers.
My mom Helen (Videtich) Schaub had Leona over for dinner and brought out her good China.
I remember as young girls Leona took my sister Barbara and I -Mary down town to see Rudolph
at Hardy Herpolshimers.