Leona K. Shufelt
July 25, 1917 - January 11, 2012
Leona K. Shufelt 94, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2012, at her home after short illness with her loving family by her side, assisted by Hospice.
Leona was born July 25, 1917, in Schroon Lake the daughter of the late Spencer and Ella Hall Knox and she lived here her entire life. She was one of 10 children and was predeceased by all of her siblings. She was proud to graduate from Schroon Lake Central School in the first graduation held at the new school.
Leona was married to Lawrence D. Shufelt June 30, 1938, and they had eleven children.
Leona was predeceased by her husband Lawrence in 1998, her daughters Patricia and Debra in 1955 and her sons Jack in 1981and Dwight in 2003.
Leona was a homemaker who raised 11 children but always had room for a relative or 2 to stay with her. Known for her baking skills she baked many pies and cakes for bake sales and card parties. Later in life she was employed at area hotels and retired from Elm Tree Cabins after more than 25 years of service.
Leona was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church where she taught church school.
Leona is survived by her five daughters, Janice of Hyde Park, NY, Donna (Gordon) of Mn., Kathy Shiell, Lisa (Marty) Welch and Lori Shufelt all of Schroon Lake, her two sons Kenneth (Anne) of Redwood, NY and Jerry (Tori) Shufelt of Schroon Lake, her 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, her nephew John (Kay) Mingo and several other nieces and nephews.
Leona’s greatest accomplishment in life was her children and the work ethic and other qualities she passed on to them. The care of her children, and later her grandchildren, was the biggest focus of her life. Rest in peace Mom, your work here is done—we love you.
Leona’s family thanks her companions, Debbie Knowlton and Donna Hozley who helped take care of her when family could not be there, and brought quality and love to her life.
A memorial service will take place at the Schroon Lake Community Cemetery at a date to be announced in the spring.
The family suggests memorials take the form of donations to the Schroon Lake Emergency Squad Schroon Lake, NY 12870 or to High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, PO Box 192, Port Henry, NY 12974
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home, Schroon Lake, NY.