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Dolores M. Leis

November 18, 1923 December 13, 2018
Dolores M. Leis
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Dolores M. (Brueggen) Leis, age 95, passed away peacefully, Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the Morrow Home in Sparta, surrounded by her children.

Dolores was born near Cashton, to Herman and Margaret (Mlsna) Brueggen, November 18, 1923. Dolores was the oldest of 12 siblings and started washing and changing diapers by age four. She graduated from Pine Hollow Catholic School, north of Cashton. Dolores was united in marriage to George Leis on April 18, 1944. They farmed a few years before moving to Cashton.

Dolores spent 36 years working at the Badger Store in Cashton. She also worked at Decomat in Sparta. She worked at the Cashton Veterinary Clinic from 1981, until her retirement at age 80 in 2003. All of the veterinarians called her “Ma,” because she took such good care of everyone.

In 2010, Dolores and George were honored to be the Parade Marshalls of the Cashton Fall Festival. She was a great baker and enjoyed making bars for all of the nieces' and nephews' weddings. Dolores may have only been five feet tall, but she was filled with spirit and spunk which she had right up until the end.

Dolores is survived by her son, Dan and his wife, Sonia and their children, Nick (Tammy) Leis, Nicole Blakey, Bryan Crogan, and Brad Crogan; her daughter, Marilyn and her husband, Kevin Caulum and their daughters, Laura (Paul) Gratton and Anne (Justin Faust) Caulum; brothers, Willard (Mary Ann) and Harry (Marie) Brueggen; sisters, Florentine Geier, Del Marie Hemmersbach and Angie (Bob) Dickman; in-laws, Theresa Brueggen, Madonna Brueggen, Betty Brueggen, and Theresa Schaub; 12 great-grandchildren, Cooper, Owen, Devin, Connor, Taylor, Jordy, Dorian, Elliott, Everleigh, Rebekah, Isaiah and Savannah; along with many more relatives, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents; siblings, Silverius “Shorty,” Charles, Bernadine, Philip, Roger and infant brother Paul.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 17, 2018, 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton, WI. Father Eric Berns will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Hollow Cemetery, rural Cashton. Family and friends are invited for visitation Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with a rosary beginning at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass, at the church on Monday.

The family would like to thank the Morrow Home Staff, Gundersen Lutheran Hospice and Torkelson Funeral Home for the loving care and support Dolores received.

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