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Josephine "Lesta" Soweka

Josephine "Lesta" Soweka, lifelong Henryetta area resident, died October 24, 2004 at Henryetta Medical Center. She was 84 years of age. Josephine was born April 4, 1920 in Hanna, Oklahoma to Jim and Jennie (Deo) Pigeon. She worked as a dry cleaner and was a member of the Ryal Community Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bunnie Soweka, two sisters, Mary Soweka and Lucy Fixico and two brothers, Turner Pigeon and Bennie Pigeon.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Soweka, a son, Chad Hill, both of Henryetta and a brother, John Pigeon of Okeechobee, Florida.

A wake service will be held 7-8 P.M. Tuesday evening at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel and 7 P.M. Wednesday evening at the Ryal Community Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M. Thursday, October 28, 2004 at the Ryal Community Baptist Church with Reverend John Tulsa officiating. Interment will follow in the Soweka Cemetery. Casketbearers will be George Hill, Rocky Pigeon, Harry Tulsa, Jimmy King, Bud Soweka, and Chubby Soweka. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.