Sister Mary Leana Kohnen, BVM
Sister Mary Leana Kohnen, BVM

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Sister Mary Leana Kohnen, BVM, 85, died April 1, 2014, at Caritas Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery, Dubuque.

In the Archdiocese of Portland, Sister Leana taught elementary school at St. Anthony in Tigard, Ore. She also taught elementary school in Chicago, Berwyn and East Moline, Ill.; and Iowa City, Davenport, Cedar Falls, Clinton, Dubuque and Muscatine, Iowa. She was computer coordinator in Muscatine and East Moline.

She was born in Chicago on July 31, 1928, to Joseph and Leona (Haase) Kohnen. She entered the BVM congregation from St. Timothy Parish, Chicago, on Sept. 8, 1947. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister, Catherine Halpin, Park Ridge, Ill.; a niece, two nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 66 years.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at