Leota M. Nelson (Kohal)
May 6, 1918 — Feb. 14, 2015
Leota (Otie) Nelson died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Feb. 14, 2015, in Helenville at the age of 96. She was born Leota Zimmerman on May 6, 1918, to of Sun Leota was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold August Kohal; her second husband, Raymond Nelson; two brothers, Clarence and Chester; four sisters, Esther Soldner, Evelyn Yerges, Adeline Zimmerman and Dora Ott; two sisters- in-law, Jeanette Zimmerman and Gladys Zimmerman; five brothers-inlaw, Clarence Soldner, William Yerges, Merlin Ott, Arnold Raether and William Hauptli; an infant daughter, Lorna Kohal; and a son, David Kohal.
She is survived by two sisters, Frieda Raether of Sun Prairie and Arlene Hauptli of Columbus; three sons, Randy (Jaime) Kohal of Lavergne, Tenn., Allen (Carol Taczala) Kohal of Brookfield and Harold (Carol) Kohal; a daughter, Donna (Leroy) Reed of Helenville; a daughter-inlaw, Sherry Kohal of Hermansville, Mich.; 15 grandchildren, John (Amanda) Kohal, Jacqueline Kohal, Pamela (Greg) Knight, Katrina Kohal, Abigail Kohal, Nicole (Tracy) Brown, Brandy Kohal, April (Robby) Senkbeil, Tiffany (Jay) Bailey, Audrey Kohal, Stacey Gamble, Lauren (Jesse) Nelson, Nick (Dana) Kohal, Melissa (Terry) Wangsness and Carrie Reed; 16 greatgrandchildren, Aiden Knight, Collin Knight, Parker, Kiya Brown, Brayden Flower, Kiara Gaines, Tenley Bailey, Savannah Senkbeil, Ellie Radli, Alex Inganico, Isabella, Teddy Nelson, Chase, Kaeden, Teegan Wangsness and Emma Hunstiger; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Leota was a longtime resident of Milwaukee, where in addition to being a homemaker, she worked at Johnson Cookie Factory and the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the cafeteria. She was a member of Emmaus United Methodist Church.
The family would like to thank the staff of Visiting Angels and Allay Home & Hospice for their care and compassion.
Visitation will be held today, February 19, from 10-11 AM with the service at 11 AM, at Good Shepard United Methodist Church in Oconomowoc. Graveside services and Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, New Berlin.
Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm- Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.