Mary M. Leege, 77

Mary M. Leege, 77, of West Bend, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the town of Polk. 

She was born on June 1, 1934, in Madison, the daughter of the late Alfred and Helen (Berg) Koltes, and on Nov. 26, 1960, she was united in marriage to James Leege at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Milwaukee. 

Mary was a teacher for the Milwaukee Public School System and later a stay-at-home mom when Jim and Mary started their family. 

Mary was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend, a seasonal visitor at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Lakewood and a former church choir member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Milwaukee. 

She loved to read, enjoyed creative writing, crossword puzzles, diet Coke and times with family at their cottage on Bass Lake in Lakewood. Mary will fondly be remembered for her great sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by her husband, her family and by all who knew her. 

Those Mary leaves behind to cherish her memory include her husband, James ; three children, Jeanine (Tony) Leege-Jankowski of Neenah, Joe (Jeanne) Leege of Appleton and Teresa (Ed) Meltz of Kewaskum; a sister, Nancy (Donald) Hoesley of La Crosse; six grandchildren, Alec, Erika, Kalyn, Meredith, Vincent and Rebecca, other relatives and friends. 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be held at noon on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend. Father Jerry Repenshek will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Cemetery in the town of Lakewood on Tuesday. 

Relatives and friends may call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. 

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Mary’s arrangements. 

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Mary’s family extends their heartfelt appreciation to members of the West Bend Rescue Squad, the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit staff for the care provided to Mary.