SIOUX CENTER—Leona I. Kots, 92, Sioux Center, died Monday, May 18, 2020, at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. A private family funeral service will be Tuesday, May 26, at Memorial Funeral Home at Sioux Center, with the Rev. Liz Moss officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center. Visitation with no family present and a 10-person limitation will be 4-6 p.m. Monday, May 25, at the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family on our website at www.mfhonline.com.
Leona was born, June 13, 1927, to Neal G. and Pauline (Intveld) Punt on a farm near Maurice, IA. Leona grew up on this farm. She went to country grade school and graduated from Sioux Center High School in 1945. After graduation Leona taught rural school for two years.
On June 13, 1947, Leona was united in marriage to Virgil Kots at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center. They lived for a short time in Sioux Falls, SD, before moving to Maurice. In 1950, Virgil and Leona moved to Montevideo, MN, where they farmed. In November 1959, they moved back to Sioux Center. Virgil and Leona moved a total of 24 times, built six homes and remodeled several houses, between Iowa, California and Mesa, AZ. After Virgil passed in 2005, Leona moved an additional seven times. Leona enjoyed decorating and remodeling their homes. For 11 ½ years Leona worked at Dordt College, in food service. From 1982 to 1989, Leona worked for the Escondido, CA Elementary School District, serving hot lunches.
Leona was a member of the First Reformed Church, attended the Lydia Circle and taught Catechism. Leona loved flowers, gardening, reading and crossword puzzles. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren meant so much to her.
Leona is survived by two children and their spouses, Bonnie and Bruce Smits of San Marcos, CA, Kevin and Darla (DeGroot) Kots of Sioux Center; seven grandchildren, Steven and Stephanie (Smits) DeAmbrogio of Escondido, CA, Art and Teresa (Smits) Stephens of Temecula, CA, Benjamin Kots of White Settlement, TX, Eric and Stacey (Liston) Kots of Ireton, IA; nine great-grandchildren, Jacob, Nolan, Stephan and Nathan DeAmbrogio and Tyler and Trevor Vorwith, Trevor Reed, Jayden, Levi and Kaiya Kots; three sisters-in-law, Arlene Punt, Mavis Punt and Lorna Koel; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Darwin and Marlene Kots; and many nieces and nephews.
Leona is preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; a son, Daniel in 1983; a grandson, Cary Vorwith; her parents; four brothers and one sister, Gerrit, Harold, Martin and Dennis Punt, Elizabeth (Betty) Van Veldhuizen; father and mother-in-law, Henry and Maggie Kots; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Nelson Kots, Orville and Anna Kots, Lloyd and Lorraine Kots, Henry and Luverna Kramer, Marvin and Dorothy Kots, Bill Boyd and Helen (Boyd) Chance, William (Bill) and Marjorie Swisher, Del Koel, Hendrine Punt, Louise Punt, Jeanne Punt and John Van Veldhuizen.