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Jovina Mary Lechtenberg

Jovina Mary Lechtenberg, age 82 of rural Lawler, IA, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at MercyOne in Mason City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at Assumption Catholic Church, Little Turkey.

Jovina Mary Lechtenberg
Jovina Mary Lechtenberg

Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Little Turkey with Kari Elder, Tony Tillman, Jamie Lechtenberg, Brad Lechtenberg, Jen Larsen, Kelly Bailey, Jason Lechtenberg, Melissa Larsen, Chris Lechtenberg, Tracy Lechtenberg and Nick Lechtenberg serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jovina’s great-grandchildren.

Friends may greet the family 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 3:30 p.m. Rosary and a 7:30 p.m. Scripture Service. Visitation continues 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home in New Hampton. Online condolences for Jovina’s family may be left at or 641-394-4334.

Jovina Mary Lechtenberg was born Oct. 23, 1936, in St. Lucas, Iowa, the daughter of Herbert and Frances (Rasing) Tillman. She attended school in St. Lucas and was a 1954 graduate of the St. Lucas High School. Jovina met the love of her life, Robert Lechtenberg, through a mutual friend after high school. The couple was married on Oct. 8, 1955, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas. To this union, six children were born.

Jovina worked at Sara Lee in New Hampton for most of her life. She worked there with her son Daniel and enjoyed her time there. After over 25 years she retired. When she retired Jovina helped her husband Robert with his woodworking. Together they would build wooden trucks, tractors, along with many other items. In her free time, she enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, canvas work along with baking and cooking. Jovina was a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America and belonged to the Assumption Catholic Church in Little Turkey for most of her life.

Jovina is survived by her husband Robert of Lawler, IA; one daughter, Catherine (Jim) Larsen of Cresco, IA; three sons, Donald (Kathy) Lechtenberg of Lawler, IA, Daniel (Audrey) Lechtenberg of Nashua, IA and David (Kathleen) Lechtenberg of Elk River, MN; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Duane and Kevin Lechtenberg; two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Hunter; one brother, Leonard (Charlene) Tillman; four sisters, Adella (Wilfred) Tieskotter, Regina (Roman) Tieskotter, Bernadine (Andrew) Tieskotter, Lucille (Edwin) Lechtenburg.