Marion Leaver, age 86 of Juda, WI, died peacefully with family caregivers by her side on Friday, April 5, 2013 in Baraboo, WI.
Marion was born October 15, 1926 in Green County, the daughter of Joseph Schwarzenberger II and Frieda Reinmann. She graduated from Juda High School in 1943, attended Madison Business College, and was employed by Lakeshire Marty Company before her marriage to Clarence O. Leaver on February 9, 1947 at St. John's United Church of Christ, Monroe. Marion and Clarence farmed briefly in Jefferson Township before returning to their present Sylvester Township farm in 1961.
She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who served her family unselfishly with kindness and grace. She had an incredible surviving spirit and courageously fought cancer for over 16 years. Marion loved farming with her husband along with cooking, crocheting, sewing, baking, and gardening. Her grandchildren's activities were always tops on her list. She enjoyed attending the various Baraboo cross country and track and field events for many years, and in her final months Marion became an avid fan of Baraboo Girls Thunderbird Basketball.
She is survived by five children, Daniel (Debra Zillmer, M.D.) Leaver of Caledonia, MN, Richard (Kristine) Leaver of Beaver Dam, Laura Leaver of Monroe, Thomas (Dawn) Leaver, and Patricia (Larry) Judge, all of Baraboo; 11 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Lillian Gelbach of Beloit; a sister-in-law, Daria Schwarzenberger of Monroe; brother-in-law, Richard Bushmeyer of Rockford, IL, and a special friend, Ruth Zimmick of Monroe. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence, on April 21, 2010; a brother, Joseph Schwarzenberger; and two sisters, Regina Zwald and Josephine Babler.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., at the Newcomer Funeral Home, Monroe, with Pastor Harold Zimmick Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe, with a luncheon to follow at St. Johns UCC . Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A memorial fund will be established in Marion's name.
The family and Marion have been grateful for the exceptional health care provided by the physicians of UW Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Diane Elson, Dr. Kevin Kozak, Dr. David Watts, Dr. Toby Campbell, Dr. Mustafa Buskaya, and the wonderful guidance and caring provided by HHU Hospice nursing Lori Spencer and Pastoral Care Sally Parish.