Leola Sironen


(May 1, 2002)

Leola Sironen, 82, a long-time Powell resident, died Wednesday, May 1.

She was born Oct. 23, 1919, in Red Lodge, Mont., daughter of Oscar and Mary Spanger. She grew up in Red Lodge, Butte and other Montana communities. She graduated from Carbon County High School in Red Lodge in 1937.

She then attended Montana State Normal College in Dillon, Mont., before teaching school at Draper school and Fox school near Red Lodge.

She married Archie Sironen on Feb. 7, 1945, in Englewood, Colo. They lived for a short time in the Denver area before moving back to Red Lodge and then to Powell. Her husband began work in the Elk Basin oilfields, and she worked as a legal secretary and later as a clerk for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In Powell, she was active in the community, serving in leadership roles in the VFW Auxiliary, BPOE Does, the Powell Hospital auxiliary and the community blood drive.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Sue Sironen of Cody and John and Susan Sironen of McMinnville, Ore.; and one granddaughter, Stephanie Sironen of Cody.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred, and her husband, Archie.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will take place in the VFW Hall in Powell on Thursday, May 16 at 3 p.m.

The family would appreciate memorial donations to the Powell Hospital Auxiliary Memorial Fund or a charity of choice.