Laverne Leis

Joe Denoyer - June 26, 2019 12:24 am

Fowler – Laverne Ann (Hoffman) Leis, age 91, passed away early Monday morning, June 24, 2019, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.

She was born May 14, 19258, at Minneola, Kansas, the daughter of Leo and Kate (Berblinger) Hoffman. She graduated from Minneola High School in 1946. She was a loving Wife, Mother of five, Homemaker, Nurse’s Aide, and she enjoyed playing the piano. She and her twin sister followed their mother’s footsteps and were very talented piano and organ players, entertaining many people. They frequently played for the residents at the Fowler and Minneola Residential Care Centers.

She belonged to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, St. Anthony’s Parish Guild, St. Anthony’s Choir, and the Fowler American Legion Auxiliary. Being the wife of a World War II veteran, she was exceptionally active with one of their fund raisers, generating donations with the annual sale of “Poppies” on Memorial Day.

On October 19, 1948, she married the lover of her life, Claude Leis at Fowler, Kansas. He precedes her in death on February 14, 2018.

Survivors include a son, Randy (Diane) Leis of Fowler, Kansas; four daughters, Deborah (Ron) Mahan of Tallahassee, Florida, Barbara (Steve deceased) Whitehead of Wichita, Kansas, Peggy (Robert) Higgins of Wichita, Kansas, and Jan (Rick) McGregor of Wichita, Kansas; fourteen grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Betty Leis, and sister-in-laws, Floydene Leis and Dorothy Leis.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dorothy Herring and Fern Beckerman; and a brother, Harold (Bud) Hoffman.

Vigil services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2019, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Fowler. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2019, at the church. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment will follow the service in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome memorialsto the Saint Anthony’s Building Fund, the Fowler Residential Care Center, or the Minneola District Hospital in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com