Tuesday, June 19, 2018



May 14, 1924—March 9, 2017

   SPARTA - Leona M. Hemmersbach, 92, of Sparta, died Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.

   She was born in Spring Valley in Norwalk, WI, May 14, 1924, to Gustave and Bertha (Oldenberg) Vieth.

   Leona met William Hemmersbach at a dance, and later they married on December 27, 1945 on St. Mary’s Ridge. Leona and William farmed until 1955 when they moved to Cashton. She spent many years as a childcare provider; she was known to all the kids as “Ona”. Leona enjoyed baking, cooking, bingo, and word searches. Most of all, she loved playing cards with family and friends. Leona was a loving mom and a wonderful caregiver to her husband, William.

   Leona is survived by her four children: Joyce Sonday, Sparta; Judy (Bob Scopin) Hemmersbach, Huntington Beach, CA; Walter “Wally” (Kathy) Hemmersbach, Cashton; and Carol (Marvin) Brueggen, Sparta; her grandchildren, Lynn (Nate) Isensee, Cashton; Lori (Scott Sanders) Hemmersbach, Westby; and Chad Sonday, Sparta; her step grandchildren, Marc (Amy) Brueggen, Sparta; and Kim (Greg) Hoffman, Sparta. She is further survived by her great-grandsons, Zack Bohland, Westby; and Ross Isensee, Cashton; and five step grandchildren, Cody (Steph) Brueggen, Whitewater; Brandon Brueggen, Cashton; Seth (Tara) Hoffman and Jermey (Sarah) Hoffman, both of Black River Falls; and Alissa Hoffman, Sparta; a brother, Donald (Lillian) Vieth, Winona, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hemmersbach on March 25, 1989; parents, Gustave and Bertha; a sister, Goldie Brueggeman; a brother, Raymond Vieth; a son-in-law, Carroll Sonday; and a step granddaughter, Lisa Pfaff.

   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Fr. Keith Kitzhaber officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cashton.

   Family and friends are invited to call from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

   Online condolences may be offered to the Hemmersbach family at www.schanhoferfh.com.

   Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 319 W. Main St., Sparta, WI 54656 and/or St. Patrick’s Catholic School, 100 L. St., Sparta, WI 54656.

   The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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