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Leah Anne Burton, 68

Leah Anne Burton, 68, passed away on Saturday, July 31st at 12:12am
after a courageous battle with cancer and heart disease.  Leah’s
motto was to “fight like a girl” and she did just that throughout
this long journey.  Leah was surrounded by family during her final
moments.
Leah Anne Eberle was born August 5, 1941, in Pattonsburg,  Missouri,
to Irvan and Francyl (Cooper) Eberle.  Leah met the love of her life,
Gary Burton, while attending Pattonsburg Public School where she
graduated in 1959.  Leah and Gary were united in marriage on
September  4th of that same year.  In 1968, Leah and Gary moved from
Maitland, Missouri to Lancaster, Minnesota when Gary took a job with
the Pipeline.
Leah devoted her life to not only her family, but also to Lancaster
School, where she worked for over 35 years.  Leah and Gary were
involved in many community organizations such as the Lancaster Lions
Club, and they volunteered many hours at the Lancaster Riverside Golf
Club.  In the early years, Leah and Gary enjoyed square and round
dancing and were members of the Lancaster Square Dance Club. Leah was
an active member of the Sion Lutheran Church.
Leah and Gary celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2009,
surrounded by family and many friends.
Leah is survived by her true love and soul mate, Gary, her mother
Francyl Eberle of Lancaster, her brother John Eberle, Lancaster.
Leah’s life revolved around her children Shirley and Leland Swenson,
Lancaster,  Donald and Irene Burton, Lancaster, Pat and Donna Burton,
Pembina, North Dakota, and Mendy and Randy Coffield, Lake Bronson,
Minnesota.  The lights of her life were her grandchildren Amber
Conley, Lacey and Lance Lupien, Tyler Swenson and special friend
Brittany Roman, and Cody Swenson, Kayla Fawcett and Samantha Burton,
Whitney Coffield and fiancé Carl Christopherson, Brady Coffield  and
special friend Hayley Wilkens, and Trevor Coffield.  Step
grandchildren Steven and Tiffany Sjostrand, Darick and Tricia
Sjostrand, Kayla and Matt Thompson.  Great-grandchild Jazmyn Raysor.
Step great-grandchildren Morgan, Emma and Ellie Sjostrand, Olivia,
Evy and Collin Sjostrand, Claire and Nulla Thompson.
Leah is proceeded in death by her father Irvan “Shorty” Eberle, her
father and mother in law Lester and Fern Burton.
    Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at
10:30 a.m. in Sion Lutheran Church, Lancaster.  Interment will be in
Riverview Memorial Garden Cemetery at Lancaster.  Rev. Melodi Hagen,
presiding; Sue Albrecht, soloist, Peggy Wilebski, pianist and Jacki
Preszekwas, organist. Casket bearers will be Leah’s grandchildren,
Amber Conley, Lacey Lupien, Tyler Swenson, Cody Swenson, Kayla
Fawcett, Samatha Burton, Whitney Coffield, Brady Coffield and Trevor
Coffield.  Honorary casket bearers will be Leah’s friends. Visitation
will be
held at Sion Lutheran Church on Monday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. with
a prayer service at 8:00 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service
on Tuesday. The Austin-Hughes Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements.

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