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Elaine K. Leonard

August 5, 2019 | 2 comments

Elaine K Leonard, 94, passed away peacefully at Hillview Care Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Friday, August 2, 2019.  She was born in Dubuque, Iowa on February 10, 1925 to Martha and Carl Gebhard.  She graduated from high school in Jacksonville, Illinois.  Elaine married Olen Leonard on February 23, 1947 and they were married for fifty years. She lived many places throughout her life, but Onalaska, Wisconsin was her home for over 30 years.  Before Elaine had children, she worked for the SS Kresge Company in their office.

Elaine’s favorite past time was fishing with her husband, Olen and traveling in their motorhome. She gave away many beautiful dishcloths she knitted.

Elaine is survived by her four children, Sandy (Jim) Doroghazi of Onalaska, Wisconsin, Dave (Kelley) Leonard of Spooner, Wisconsin, Jim (Linda) Leonard of Lake Orion, Michigan, and Martha (Debbie) DeMar of Mansfield, Texas.

Elaine was a grandmother to 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  She is further survived by her two dear sisters, Ruth Scharpf of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Shirley (Keith) Ellenberger of Leawood, Kansas.  Elaine had two very special friends who she loved very much named Bodie and Cooper who visited her often.

Elaine is preceded in death by her loving husband, Olen, who passed away in December of 1997.  She is also preceded in death by her parents, Martha and Carl Gebhard; her sister, Marie Leonard and three brother in laws, Ray Scharpf, Owen Leonard, and Chuck Jones.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the Mayo Clinic Hospice caregivers and Dr. Mark Jungck who was her family doctor for over thirty years and provided exceptional care and support for her.

A memorial service to celebrate Elaine’s life will be held on Saturday, August 17, at Englewood Cemetery in Clinton, Missouri with Elaine’s pastor, Reverend Scott Skogen officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Elaine’s memory to North Presbyterian Church at 1327 North Salem Rd, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54603.



  1. Kathy Zillmer

    Sandy – I was sorry to see that your mom had passed recently. I only found out because I was looking at another obituary at Coulee Cremation. I am sure you have been busy, especially since you will be traveling to Missouri to bury your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope our paths cross again!

  2. Carol (Gebhard) Dyer

    So very sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. She made a point of keeping in touch with our Mom which always brightened her day. Please know that we are thinking of all of you during this rough time. Hugs to all.

    Evelyn Gebhard
    Carol & Mitch Dyer
    Shirley Gebhard
    Edward Gebhard
    Judy & Randy Wagner

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