Leona Loney

Leona V. Loney of Lawrence, Kansas and formerly from Pilsen, Kansas died March
24, 2013 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas.  She was diagnosed with lymphoma several years ago and died from effects of this illness.

Services will be at St. John Nepomucence Church of Holy Family Parish in Pilsen, Kansas on Monday April 1, 2013 with a Rosary starting at 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment will be at Pilsen Cemetery. 

Leona was born June 12, 1927 in Pilsen, Kansas to William F. and Christina A. Vinduska.  She grew up in the farmhouse where she was born.  She graduated from Marion High School in 1945.

She was married to James M. Loney on September 23, 1946.  They lived briefly in Herington, Kansas before moving to their longtime residence on a dairy farm a few miles from her childhood home.  She and James moved to Marion in 1980 and then to Beloit, Kansas in 1983.  They returned to Pilsen in 1987.  Leona moved to Lawrence in 2004 and lived there until her death.

Leona is survived by her children, Dr. Linda Loney and husband, Dr. Thomas Cooper, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. John Loney and wife, Teresa, Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Thomas Loney and wife, Betty, Bristow, Oklahoma, Patrick Loney and wife, Lori, Derby, Kansas and Dr. Paul Loney and wife, Catrina, Lawrence, Kansas.  There are also fifteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and her sister, Veronica Konecny, Hutchinson, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Loney; daughters, Mary and Stephanie; and brothers, George and Sylvester.

Leona’s favorite activity was her time volunteering at Lawrence Memorial in the escort service – especially when she could help a family go home with a new baby.  She often voiced her hope that she could someday return to this service but her illness did not allow it.  Another joy for her was following Kansas University Basketball and everyone knew not to call during the game.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a gift to a memorial in her name to either The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or to St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center.  Please send in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS  66044.

15 Condolences

  1. Norma Webb on March 26, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I am going to miss this lady as I live just down the hall from her We talked on phone everyday. Beautiful lady RIP

  2. Donna Ewert-Hajek on March 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Sorry for the loss of your mother. I remember her great enthusiasm at ball games at MHS. Such a great supporter of sports, schools & church. She was always a very positive person to be around, and would help anyone in any possible way. Blessings to you all.

  3. Barry Frank on March 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    To Everyone in the Loney family,

    I’m so very sorry to see Leona go. I can only imagine how much you all loved her, and how much you will miss her. I always loved running into her and visiting, either at the hospital or an occasional piano recital. She was truly kind, honest, and good-humored person. She’ll always be with you in your hearts and minds. Peace to all,


  4. LeMyra Allen on March 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Leona was a very special person to me—like the sister I never had. We enjoyed our time together, over a bag of Peanut M&M’s!! She also enjoyed going out and eating either Mexican or Chinese food, then when she couldn’t go out, I would call and ask her what she wanted to eat and would pick it up and we would enjoy our lunch or dinner together in her home. She has a very special family and loved them dearly.

  5. kim and kurt mclain on March 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    We are so sorry about the death of your mom.
    Leona was always a blessing and the bright spot at work…she would always have a hug or something kind to say and then there were all those kolaches! She will be missed. Our condolences and prayers for the family.

  6. Donna E. Fannin on March 27, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Dr. Paul Loney,
    am very sorry to hear of the death of your mother. My prayers for you and your family at this sad time.
    Donna E. Fannin

  7. George and Patsy Waner on March 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

    A special Friend who will never be forgotten, always welcoming and very loving, with a very attentive family who were always there for her through her days and months of suffering. May she rest in peace. George and Patsy

  8. Susan Yeagley Sullivan on March 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    John and Linda, so sorry to learn of your mom’s death. She certainly instilled a strong work and education ethic in your family, and I’m sure she was very proud of all of you.
    Sincerely, Susan

  9. Deacon David and Mrs. Janet Hamel on March 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Tom and Betty, we are so sad to hear your mom passed away, but in faith we know that she has passed from this life on earth to everlasting life in the glory of heaven. How profound that you celebrate her entry to heave during Holy Week when we culminate with the joy of the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. May you be comforted with the assurances of faith, hope and love and the support of your family and friends.
    Grace and Peace,
    David and Janet

  10. Karla Leckliter on March 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

    So many wonderful memories of Aunt Leona. I especially remember Easter Egg hunts at her house. It took hours one year to find the ’Special’ egg hid in the propane tank. Lots of love and laughter at the Loney house. Thoughts and prayers from the Konecny family.

  11. Mark Praeger, MD on March 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Paul and family,
    Leona was a special lady. She will be remembered by everyone who had the privilege to meet her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. TIM AND RHONDA MEHL on March 31, 2013 at 8:11 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a great lady and friend. We always enjoyed her and your dad coming out to the farm, especially when your dad worked for us at harvest, what a blessing for us to have known them and their family, especially Dr John. May we all have the great memories to keep us going. May God bless all of you, our thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Tim and Rhonda Mehl

  13. Mary Gray on April 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    The Loney family was very special to a lot of people in Beloit and the Hospital staff. I’m so sorry to hear of the death of Leona.
    I’m thinking of you all.

  14. Joni Kroupa-Smith on April 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was a special faith-filled person who made a huge difference in not only your family’s life but also our parish and the entire community in both Pilsen and Marion! Her wonderful laugh will be missed!

  15. Karl Kuckelman on August 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    To all the descendants of my cousin Leona Loney: This is a belated condolence as I recently learned of Leona’s death. I wish to make contact with her children and Aunt Veronica. She was such a sweet and gentle person. She was only nineteen years old when I first met her. Please contact me at karlkuck@ymail.com

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