SHULLSBURG, Wis. — Lois Juanita Leitzinger, age 92, of Shullsburg, Wis., passed away Monday, June 10, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born August 1, 1926, near Shullsburg, the daughter of Harvey and Juanita (Hancock) Bradt. She attended several country schools and Shullsburg Grade School. During her early childhood years, Lois and her family lived in the Scales Mound, Ill., Galena, Ill., and Shullsburg areas. Lois was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Leitzinger on September 28, 1946, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg. Together, they celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2006.
Lois worked at MicroSwitch in Warren, Ill., and Freeport, Ill., for 10 years. She later waitressed at The Roost for almost 10 years, and then for eight years at the Wheel-Inn in Shullsburg. Lois helped set up Ben Franklin in Darlington, Wis., and worked there for three years.
Lois was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg. She loved to work outside in the yard, tending to her flowers and watching the birds. She made several handmade quilts for her children and comforters for her grandchildren. Her greatest joys in life were the family get-togethers at the farm, where they lived for 46 years. Lois loved the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, and enjoyed watching the games with family and friends.
She loved music. She and Kenny enjoyed many years of dancing until he became ill. One of her greatest pleasures was listening to the band Kenny played in during his young years, called “The Musical Knights.” Another great joy of hers was listening to “The Fever River String Band,” of which her son, Jim is a member.
Lois is survived by her children, Larry (Christine) Leitzinger, of Monroe, Wis., Linda Bourquin, of Monroe, Ed Leitzinger, of Palm Harbor, Fla., Jim (Jackie) Leitzinger, of Shullsburg, and Sheila (Dale) Meyer, of McFarland, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, George Buck, of Rockford; and two sisters-in-law, Barbara Leitzinger, of Monroe, and Linda Leitzinger, of Shullsburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenny, in 2008; three brothers, Harold (Evelyn), Delbert (Stella) and Wilford (Mary) Bradt; and one sister, Gladys Buck.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 226 W. Church St. in Shullsburg, where visitation will precede services from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Friday. Rev. Stanton Bockwoldt will officiate. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank-you to Lois’ caregivers, Alice Bechtolt, Lynn Olsen, Twila Mick and Mary Jo Reyna, who were so patient and understanding the past couple years. We would also like to give a special thank-you to Cindy Teutschmann and Mary Shippy for going above and beyond normal care-giving, and for their many years of love and devotion to Mom.
The Erickson Funeral Home in Shullsburg is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.
For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Lois’ name.