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Nancy Jane Leckness -- Hayfield

HAYFIELD -- The funeral for Nancy Jane Leckness will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, with the Rev. Stephan Sandness officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield.

Mrs. Leckness, 68, of Hayfield, coordinator of many Hayfield events, died Wednesday (Aug. 25, 2004) in Rochester.

Nancy Jane Fleener was born March 18, 1936, in Dodge Center, graduated from Dodge Center schools and received a degree in recreational therapy from Rochester Community College. On April 9, 1955, she married Donald Leckness at Fort McClellan, Anniston, Ala., and they made their home in Hayfield. She volunteered at the Hayfield Library and coordinated Hey Days activities, the Hey Days parade, Halloween parties, Share Christmas, Christmas decorations in town, Santa Claus coming to town and many other Chamber of Commerce events. She was the instigator for getting playground equipment in Himle Park and the flower pots and trees on Main Street.

Mrs. Leckness served as coordinator on the Chamber board for more than 15 years, was named Citizen of the Year in 1988, and was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity ladies groups. She enjoyed having her grandchildren spend the summers with her and participate in Hayfield events with her.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, JorAnn (Bruce) Cady of Hibbing, Minn., and Allison (Patrick) Combs of Memphis, Tenn.; a son, Eugene (Suzanne) of Hayfield; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Louise (Robert) Minter of West Chicago and Susan Isabelle Stowers of Rochester.

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Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield and an hour before the service Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Share Christmas or the Hayfield Library.

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