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Leona M. Riley

Dec 09, 1928 - Apr 16, 2019


Leona Riley was born on December 9, 1928 and passed away on April 16, 2019 at the age of 90. She attended Immaculate Conception Grade School in Saukville and Graduated from Port Washington High School with the class of 1946. On May 22, 1951 Leona was united in marriage with William Riley in Saukville, WI. They lived in Port Washington before moving to Fredonia in 1962 and then moved to Sheboygan after retirement. She was a member of the National Catholic Society of Foresters Court #789 – Saukville and a member of the St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, traveling, family gatherings, her card club and above all she loved being with her family.
Leona is survived by her children, Mary (Mike) Torke of Columbia, SC, Richard (Kris) Riley of Cedar Grove, WI, James (Nan) Riley of Port Washington, WI, Thomas Riley of Sheboygan, WI, Robert Riley of Sun Prairie, WI and Diane (Mike) Cofta of Random Lake, WI; 14 grandchildren; 15.5 great-grandchildren; siblings, Albin (Violet) VandeBoom of Saukville, WI and Lawrence VandeBoom of Zebulon, GA. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, William; parents, Leo and Agatha VandeBoom; brother, Myron and sister-in-law, Sarah.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 818 Huron Ave., Sheboygan, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of Mass at 4:00 p.m. Private family entombment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. A memorial fund in Leona’s name has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Pine Haven Christian Communities and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for their care of Leona.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Monday Apr 22, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church [map]

Funeral Mass

Date: Monday Apr 22, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church [map]



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Peggy Rickert Deheck

I have many fond memories of the Riley family. Your Mom's Rice Krispy squares was the first treat we ate after trick or treating in the neighborhood! My sympathies to the entire family, may all the memories warm your hearts.

Verna Leider

My sympathies to the Riley Family. I remember Mrs. Riley as a very sweet lady when I used to go to their house in Fredonia. Great memories.

Clare (Schueller) Bowe and Family

Our sympathies to the entire family. I used to see her when I visited my mother, Beata, at Prairie Crossing. Also, I was a classmate of Diane's from Catholic Grade School in Fredonia, many years ago. I remember your mom from those days as well. Clare and Neal Bowe and Family Waco, Texas

Jackie Kalkofen

I have been a volunteer at Pine Haven for the last three years. Leona was one of the first residents that I met when I started...and if I'm honest, quickly became one of my favorites! Leona was always ready to participate in an activity or to "just chat." She had the sweetest attitude and was ALWAYS a pleasure to be with. She never complained, was always appreciative and was truly one of the kindest people I have ever met. Her smile and laugh were contagious! I would like to extend my most sincere sympathies to Leona's family. I will miss sweet Leona more than I can say.