April 1, 2016

Leona “Onie” Katherine LeRiche nee Ostermiller

LeRiche, LeonaLeona “Onie” Katherine LeRiche nee Ostermiller, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, age 99, of Lincoln, passed into God’s hands March 25, 2016, in Sugar Land, Texas. She was a wonderful example of faith, love and strength and she will be dearly missed.  Leona was born January 26, 1917, in Lincoln, to Katherine (Alles) Ostermiller and George Ostermiller. She had three sisters and one brother. Leona graduated from Lincoln High School. She married James C. LeRiche in 1939. They made their home in Lincoln, and were the parents to one beautiful daughter, Kay Ellen.  Leona was employed by Boyden Pharmacy, managed the Dotty Dunn Hat Shop, worked for Gold & Company for 18 years, and served the Municipal Court for 19 years, all in Lincoln.  She became a member of St. Paul United Methodist church in 1934 where she served as a member, and president, of the United Methodist Women’s Group.  Leona was a long time member of the Everett Neighborhood Association and the Mayors Round Table for the Vision Impaired.

She is survived by her brother George Ostermiller and wife Fern Ostermiller, three grandchildren, Kim Trippel Daigle and husband Ritch Daigle of Sugar Land, Texas, Don Trippel Jr. of Haughton, La., David Trippel and wife Kristy Trippel of Haughton, La., four great-grandchildren Conner Daigle, Alex Daigle, Dakota Villard, Tyler Villard, son-in-law Don D. Trippel and wife Kasey Trippel, and many loving nieces, nephews, friends and devoted caregivers at Oyster Creek Manor.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4, at the Wyuka Chapel, 3600 O Street, Lincoln. Viewing one hour preceding the service.

Her lessons of love and strength will be with us always.


  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Recently I lost my dear mother,
    and found it very comforting to read from the Holy Bible, like at
    Isaiah 25 verse 8 – “The Sovereign Lord will swallow up death
    forever, and wipe away the tears from all faces.” For more comfort,
    I turn to the website at: (Search:Comfort)

  2. So sorry to hear of the passing of Leona. Leona was a dear friend to all. I worked with Leona at Municipal Court. What a blessing to know her. She was a great mentor and very good example to follow.
    I will always treasure her wit and smile.

    In love and Sympathy
    Dora (Barnhard) Hadley

  3. “Another Lincoln High Job Well Done.”


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