The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 18, 2013

Adalia Mae Leis Jantzen

Published 12-19-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Adalia was born Aug. 13, 1925, in Canton, Okla., to Katherine Elizabeth Winters Leis and Con Leis and passed from this life on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2014.

Adalia grew up attending school in Canton and Okeene, graduating from Okeene High School as salutatorian in 1943. She also attended Draughan’s Business School in Oklahoma City.

Adalia married Jacob John Jantzen at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Okeene, Okla., on Aug. 13, 1944. They established their home in Ringwood.

While Jake was in the U.S. Army in 1945, they lived in Petersburg, Va., where Adalia worked as an auditor for the American National Red Cross Eastern Area Headquarters.

After Christmas that year, she was asked to keep books for a 450-employee cafeteria, which she did until November 1946, when Jake left the Army and they returned back home. Adalia also worked for Henry Boeckman and State Guaranty Bank in Okeene, Okla.

Adalia and Jake built their home north of Ringwood in 1961, where she resided until just recently. She supported Jake and their children throughout her life with farming, FFA, school events, college, careers, businesses and families.

Adalia was a longtime member of New Hopedale Mennonite Church in Meno, Okla.

Adalia was on the board of directors of the Major County Historical Society.

Adalia was an amazing homemaker, sewed and mended clothing, and a wonderful cook. She also loved gardening and canning.

Her favorite was caring for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren in every way possible. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who will be missed by all.

Adalia is survived by her children: son, Jerry Jantzen and wife Sandy of Deer Creek; daughter, Katherine Osborne of Ringwood; son, Terry Jantzen of Las Vegas, N.M.; son, Larry Jantzen and wife Audrey of Ringwood; brother-in-law, Arnold Jantzen; sister-in-law, Pearl Jantzen Unruh; sister-in-law, Dona Jantzen Harmon and husband Jerry.

Grandchildren: Jerry’s sons, Kyle Jantzen and wife Lisa, Trent Jantzen; Kathy’s daughters, Brandi Reynolds and husband Jay, Cindi Horton and husband Kyle; Terry’s daughter, Tonya Jantzen; Larry’s daughters, Jessica Jantzen and Braznee Jantzen.

Great-grandchildren: Kyle and Lisa’s children, Kaylee Raine and Chase Jacob Jantzen; Trent’s daughter, Julia Lee Jantzen; Brandi and Jay’s sons, Thomas Jay, Joshua Paul, Van Jacob and Rex Conrad Reynolds; Cindi and Kyle’s children, Ethan Kyle, Max Jantzen and Finn Adalia Horton; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Con Leis Jr., infant died at 18 months, and Con Leis Jr., adult brother died at 83, Manuel Leis and William Edwin Leis; three sisters, Hilda Leis Nelson, Katie Leis Rauh Jantzen and Molly Leis Hoffman.

Service for Adalia was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at New Hopedale Mennonite Church, Meno, with Rev. James Suderman officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery, with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Helena. (www.lanman memorials.com)

Memorials may be given to the church building fund through the funeral home.

(Submitted by family)