Anne P. Leonhardt, age 88, of Amana, died on Friday, March 4, 2016, at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Middle Amana Community Church in Middle Amana with Elder Emilie Hoppe officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Harry, of Amana; a son, Mark (Tami), of Columbia, South Carolina; three grandchildren, Eric, of College Station, Texas, Tori, of Columbia, South Carolina, and Nicholas, of Columbia, South Carolina; a brother, Emil Luft (Glenda), of Huntsville, Alabama; three nieces, Kathlena Luft, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, Lauren (Ward) Malloy, of Houston, Texas, Anna Marie Luft, of St. Petersburg, Florida; a grandnephew, Connor Luft, of Spring Hill, Tennessee; a sister Paula, of Gmunden, Austria, a niece, Karin Frick, of Gmunden, Austria, and a nephew, Hans Peter, of Gmunden, Austria.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Maria Luft.
Anne was born on February 25, 1928, in Oberplan, Sudetenland, which is now the Czech Republic. She attended teachers college until the late spring of 1945, when it was closed as the building was needed for a hospital. Her husband-to-be, 1st Lieutenant Harry A. Leonhardt, was a tank commander in the US Third Army. She met him in Oberplan near the end of the war. After receiving orders to report to a labor camp, her husband-to-be smuggled her across the border into Austria. She came to America in 1947 as part of the War Brides Act and they had been married for almost 69 years.
She worked 10 years at the office of Amana Refrigeration and after her son was born she worked as school board secretary for the Amana Schools for almost 24 years.
Anne enjoyed music and played the piano and accordion and sang. While visiting America, her parents taught some of the Amana people German dances and songs, which later were used in Octoberfest performances in the Amanas. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting and tatting and enjoyed making many of her own clothes.
Anne was a wonderful wife, sister, mother and grandmother, whose memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved her.