Leota Griess

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 Sutton resident Leota Griess, 60, went to be with the Lord Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at her home in Sutton, where she no longer has pain or suffering.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Hope Reformed Church in Sutton with Pastor Scott Henry officiating.  Interment will follow at the Sutton Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday, from 1-8 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton.
  In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hope Reformed Church or the Sutton Community Home Foundation.
  Condolences may be left at www.suttonmemorial.com
  Leota (Hofmann) Griess was born on Nov. 29, 1958, in Henderson.  She was born to Arthur and Louise (Griess) Hofmann and the youngest of 4 girls.  Leota attended Sutton Public Schools and graduated in 1977.  She went on to Central Community College in Hastings, and graduated with a degree in accounting.  On Jan. 17, 1987, she married Ronald S. Griess and to this union, 1 daughter was born Sophia Johanna Griess.
  Leota worked for Chuck Spearman, Smith Brothers, and later started her own photography business.  Ronald and Leota later managed the Sutton American Legion for 25 years until their retirement in 2016.  In May 2017, Leota was diagnosed with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer.  After many treatments, the cancer moved to her brain.
  Leota was baptized and confirmed at the Free German Reformed Salem Church.  Leota was a member of Hope Reformed Church.
  Leota is survived by her husband, Ronald S. Griess; daughter, Sophie (Adam) Carlson; sisters, Elizabeth Carlson; Luella (Don C.) Griess; Esther (Don Rein) Griess; mother-in-law, Anna Griess; brother-in-law, Ted (Shirley) Griess; sisters-in-law, Ruth (Milton) Huber; Kathy (Harold) Douglas all of Sutton; brother-in-law, Kurt (Renae) Griess of Aurora; family friends, Derek, Robin, Lily, Briley and Keaton Griess of Sutton; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
  Leota was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Louise Hofmann; father-in-law, Simeon Griess; brother-in-law, Charles Carlson; nephews, Jeffery Griess and John Carlson.


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