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Leona is mentioned in Wachdorf letters from California, including 1955 Apr 1 Irene; 1955 June 4; 1955 June 14; 1955 July 30.

Leona Wachdorf

1-14-1918 to 10-1-1986







after Joe's death,

the girls went into the Angel Guardian Orphanage


her parents:

Joseph Wachdorf


 Jessie McCormick




Leona never married.

After leaving the

orphanage she moved in

with her father's sisters,

Mae and Madeline, and remained with them.


Her paternal grandparents:

Anton Wachdorf


Anna Klein


Her maternal grandparents:

Charles McCormick


Mary Drouin


One set of paternal great-grandparents: John Klein and Christina Alberg Klein


One set of maternal great-grandparents:

Thomas McCormick & Emily

Her paternal aunts & uncles:

1883-Clara Roster & Henry; 1884-Kitty Hochertz & Tony; 1886-Harry H. Wachdorf & Dell; 1888-Edward Wachdorf & Irene; 1895-Lettie Myers & Harvey; 1897-Mae Wachdorf; 1899-Frances Stevens & Frank; 1902-Madge Wachdorf 


Her maternal aunts & uncles:

Charles, Mamie, Chester & Pearl McCormick


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Joe and his four daughters

6-1-1935 from left, Chris Wagner, Leona's cousin Irene "Sis" Wachdorf, Bernice Wilson, and Leona

2nd shot 6-1-1935, with an attempt to highlight the eyes, or a kid got hold of the photo

Ruth, Leona, Coletta, Blanche 1937

Leona is the bridesmaid, Coletta the bride, 1937 (full caption beneath photo gallery)

Leona, her grandmother Anna Klein Wachdorf, her cousin Lorraine "Sis" Stevens, and Blanche

Blanche and Leona

Blanche, Leona, Blanche's husband Lou, and their aunt Madge Wachdorf (Joe's sister), 1979

Leona probably, and the little girl might be one of Fran Wachdorf Stevens' children

Mae and Lettie with probably Leona in the middle

Leona (seated) and her aunt Madge (Joe's sister) around 1985

Madge Wachdorf, her niece Dolores (Edward's daughter), Leona, and Justina Wachdorf (wife of Edward's son, Harry) about 1985

Leona's mass card 1986

Who's who in Coletta's wedding photo, left to right. The two seated on the ground are Marge Kary Wachdorf (wife of Edward Wachdorf Jr.), and Madge Wachdorf. Of the three girls, I can only identify the littlest one: Dolores Wachdorf on the left, between bride Coletta and bridesmaid Leona. The back row, from left: Lettie Wachdorf Myers (Joe's sister), Blanche, Leona, Ruth, Anna Klein Wachdorf (Joe's mother), unknown man, bride Coletta Wachdorf Howicz (the name has many spelling, detailed on her page), unknown woman, groom Steve Howicz, possibly Frank Stevens (Fran's husband), Fran Wachdorf Stevens (Joe's sister), unknown old man behind two unknown girls who are probably two of the Stevens girls.

Letter from Edward Wachdorf Sr. in California 6-14-1955 mentions, "We are looking forward to the next treat of visitors which will be my sister Mae and Leona, who are coming out June 26th to July 10th, after which we should be planning to make a visit of our own back to the ones we are anxious to see again." (As a result, there is no letter reporting on their visit, since he was in Chicago).

7-30-1955: "We hear about Mae from you all but how about Lonie? She was here too and no one can remember as we never hear from her or about her."

Leona's death certificate, 10-1-1986: Leona Wachdorf, of Irish German descent, age at last birthday 68, born 1-14-1918. Died at Holy Cross Hospital. Never married. Usual occupation: clerical, kind of business: office. Residence: 2515 W. Marquette Rd., Chicago. Father's name: Joseph Wachdorf. Mother's maiden name: Jessie McCormack. Informant: Madeline Wachdorf, aunt, of 2515 W. Marquette. Cause of death: Acute respiratory failure due to or as a consequence of chronic recurrent respiratory failure due to or as a consequence of chronic congestive heart failure. Died at 6:47 a.m. She had the same physician sign off on her certificate (Surrender Lal) as signed off on her aunt Madeline. Burial St. Mary's 10-3-1986.