Carolina Bertha Leebens was born on June 17, 1917 in rural Fulda, Minnesota to Harry and Lena Ohlenkamp Breese. She grew up on a farm near Avoca and attended country school. On December 19, 1937 she and Elmer H. Leebens were married at Iona. Following their marriage, they lived on the Leebens family farm near Dundee until 1943, when they moved to a farm near Iona. In 1948 they moved back to the farm near Dundee and farmed there while raising their three children. Elmer passed away on March 9, 1975. Carolina moved to Slayton in 1976. Due to failing health, she moved to the Slayton Manor Care Center in August 2004. Carolina passed away at Our House, hospice home, in Slayton on November 27, 2004 on at the age of 87. Carolina enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with her family.
Survivors include three children and their spouses: Sharon Schroeder of Windom, Lonnie and Marian Leebens of Slayton and Roger and Janell Leebens of Worthing, SD; 13 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and cousin, Elfrieda Ohlenkamp of Fulda, MN. She is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, sister, Eleanora Gerdes, and son-in-law, Ralph Schroeder.
Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. John T. Stern officiating. The organist is Kathy Schwartz. All of the grandchildren are pallbearers: Dean Schroeder, Scott Leebens, Russ Leebens, Rick Leebens, Doug Schroeder, Dale Schroeder, Tim Leebens, Dennis Schroeder, Dan Schroeder, Barb Bangasser, Andrea Helwig, Marcie Mullin, and Donelle Gerlach. Interment is at Dundee Lutheran Cemetery, Dundee, MN. (FuldaFreePress12/1/04)