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Leona Ilene Zetterberg

Feb. 6, 1923 – Dec. 26, 2021

Leona Ilene Zetterberg, 98, Arcadia, Ind., passed away Dec. 26, 2021 at Harbour Manor Health & Living in Noblesville, Ind. 

Mrs. Zetterberg was the older of two daughters born Feb. 6, 1923 to Avery R. and Mary Elsie (Belzer) Bowman.

During her early years, she lived with her family on a farm east of Cicero, Ind. As a teenager she received limited piano instruction from an aunt. Her interest and desire to play the piano caused her to teach herself how to play.

She became engaged while still in high school a year before she married. She graduated on April 16th and married William C. Zetterberg on April 26th, 1941. When William was drafted into the U.S. Army she and their first child moved for those two years into the home of her parents who now lived east of Arcadia, Ind. She had five children and was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. Loving music, she saw that music was prevalent in their home. Each one of the children played a band instrument and as a family or individually, they sang and played instruments at church services or at community functions in the area with their mother at the piano.

When most of her children were gone from home or were in their teenage years, she began working at a local grocery store in Arcadia as a cashier. She worked there for a number of years, then retired to work at helping her husband maintain their home and farm near Arcadia. For years gardening was a large part of their lives during the spring and summer growing seasons. This effort provided fresh vegetables for their table in season and a substantial supply of produce that they canned for themselves and family members during the winter months.

She was a woman of faith and belonged to the Trinity United Methodist Church in Arcadia as long as her health permitted.

Survivors include her daughter, Wilma VanWinkle of Smithville, Ark.; sons: Donnie Zetterberg of Jefferson, Md., Edgar Zetterberg of Noblesville, Ind. and Dwight Zetterberg of Sheridan, Ind.; a sister, Esther Fay Beard of Atlanta, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, William C. Zetterberg and a son, Dennis C. Zetterberg.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 at Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson Street, Cicero, Ind., with burial to follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46250. A time of visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of the services. Memorial contributions may be made to Cicero United Methodist Church, 100 East Jackson Street, Cicero, Ind.  Donations envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home. You may send condolences at http://www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com.