Leona I. Mallo, age 91, of Gilman, passed away on Monday, May
12, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.
Leona was born August 7, 1922 in Polley, rural Gilman, the daughter
of the late Henry & Jennie (Christiansen) Smith. She grew up in Polley
and attended school there. On November 14, 1940 she was united in
marriage to Hughie Mallo in Hannibal with the couple residing their
entire lives in Hannibal, raising their family of 10 children. Leona
was a homemaker and also did babysitting on the side. She loved
attending baseball and softball games and was also an active
member in the Hannibal Presbyterian Church.
Leona is survived by her 10 children , Lola Chitwood of
Cloverdale, OR; Betty (Luverne) Kroeplin of Thorp; Merideth
Westaby of Stanley; Sally (John) Schutten of Hannibal; Pamela
(Ronald) Kruppe of GlenFlora; Earl (Pam) Mallo of Ladysmith;
Byron (Robin) Mallo of Medford; Brenda Skabroud of Jump River;
Cheryl (Fred) Romig of Gilman, and Charlotte (Russ) Goebel of
Medford, 24 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-
great- grandchildren, two sisters, Mayme Casolari and Nina
Denning, and one brother, Gordon Smith, all of Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Hughie in
1994, granddaughter, Jennifer Westaby, grandson, Kenny Jo
Chitwood, sons-in-law, Robert Chitwood, Gerald Westaby, and
Thomas Skabroud, six brothers, and three sisters.
Services will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. at New
Hope Presbyterian Church, Hannibal, with Pastor Barry Boyer
officiating. Burial will follow in the Hannibal Cemetery. Visitation will
be held on Friday evening from 4-7 p.m at the Gilman Funeral
Home and one hour prior to service time on Saturday morning at