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Harriet I. Leis


September 15, 2021

Harriet I. Leis

Harriet I. Leis, 95, of Cashton, WI, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby, WI, surrounded by her loving family.

Harriet was born January 19, 1926, to Walter and Anna (Gajewsky) Lord, the tenth of eleven children. She was raised as a country girl on a farm in Brush Creek and graduated from Westby High School in1944. Harriet married Floyd Leis on December 13, 1947, and made their home in Cashton where they raised their family.

Harriet is survived by four children, Kathryn (Edward) Marx of Cashton; Mary Kay Leis of Sparta; Douglas (Penny) Leis of Moorcroft, WY; and Jennifer (Randy) Brueggen of Cashton; nine grandchildren, Mary Jo (Steven) Friedmann, Jason (Denise) Marx, Shawn Marx, Timothy Marx, Jessica Inman, Rhiannon Davis, Sarah Vanderhoef, Megan Brueggen, and Stephanie Brueggen; 15 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Kenny Budde of Ontario, and Joseph (Ardella) Leis of Cashton; sisters-in-law, Doris Lord of La Crosse and Elaine Leis of Sparta; and many nephews and nieces.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Anna; husband Floyd in 2008; father and mother-in-law, Henry and Kathryn (Seitz) Leis; sisters, Alice, Grace, Ruth, Beatrice, Bernice, Elaine, and Deloris; brothers, Almore, Dorwin "Sonny," and infant brother, Clarence.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 17, 2021, 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton, WI. Father Michael Klos will officiate. Burial will follow in the Saints Peter and Paul, Pine Hollow Cemetery, rural Cashton. Family and friends are invited for visitation Thursday, September 16, 2021, beginning with a wake service at 4:00 p.m. and visitation will continue until 7:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation will also be held Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

The Torkelson Funeral Home of Cashton is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Family has asked that memorials be given to Cashton Fire and Rescue or the Sacred Heart PCCW in Harriet's name.


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