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Joseph Henry Leis


December 1, 2021

Joseph Henry Leis

Joseph Henry Leis, 91, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, on November 24th, 2021.

Joe was born January 12th, 1930, in Jefferson Township, Wisconsin to Henry and Kathryn (Seitz) Leis. November 14th, 1956, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Ardella Schreier on St. Mary's Ridge and have been devoted to each other for 65 years. Together they raised 7 children: Tom (Maria) Leis, Julie (Dennis) Hemmersbach, Karen (Don) Semann, David (Tammy) Leis, Alan (Sue) Leis, Randy (Brenda) Leis, and Pam (Todd) Erickson.

He worked at many different establishments but spent most of his life working as a cheese maker and finished his last 10 years at Golden Guernsey. He enjoyed camping with family at Jellystone and Stoney Creek in Osseo. When not camping with family, Joe enjoyed sitting around the table playing cards with a sun drop or brandy and coke. He would sit and watch the Green Bay Packers and Westerns on the TV. Joe's strong faith guided him through his life. He truly was a family man who enjoyed every event and gathering with everyone.

He is preceded in death by his parents Henry and Kathryn, two brothers Eugene and Floyd, sister Cecilia, sisters-in-law Luella and Harriet, and brother-in-law Ernest Schreier.

Joe is survived by his wife Ardella; sons, Thomas (Maria) Leis of Sparta, WI, David (Tammy) Leis of Cashton, WI, Alan (Sue) Leis of Sparta, and Randall (Brenda) Leis of Holmen; Julie Ann (Dennis) Hemmersbach of Norwalk, WI; Karen (Don) Semann of Sparta, WI; and Pamela Jean (Todd) Erickson of Sparta, WI; sisters, Elaine Leis of Sparta, WI; sisters-in-law, Carol Jean (Elwood) Gilboe of Mesa, AZ and Darla Schreier of Cashton, WI; brothers-in-law, Roger (Charlotte) Schreier of Black River Falls, WI, Dennis (Faye) Schreier of Cashton, WI; 24 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton, Wisconsin. The family wants to give big thanks to the St. Croix Hospice workers who cared for Joe and supported the family throughout this time. The family also wants to thank Vernon Manor in Viroqua for their care when Joe was in their presence. Another thanks to doctors, nurses, neighbors, and friends who have cared and prayed for Joe throughout the last couple months.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, November 27, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton. Father Michael Klos will officiate. Burial will follow in Saint's Peter and Paul Cemetery in Pine Hollow. Family and friends are invited for visitation Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

The Torkelson Funeral Home of Cashton, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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