Barbara Leppert

Barbara Leppert, age 86, of Lansing passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, WI. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, October 17 at the United Methodist Church in Lansing with Rev. Sedar Shako officiating. A private burial will be held at Mays Prairie Cemetery, rural Lansing at a later date.

Barbara was born in Lansing to Walter and Verona (Pottratz) Clancy January 15, 1934. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1951. Barb graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.

Barb married Robert Leppert June 2, 1957 at the Federated Presbyterian Church in Lansing. They had four children: Josey, Lesa, Audrey and Andy (Robert Jr.). They were blessed with 63 years together, growing in faith, enjoying many family get-togethers, spoiling grandchildren and great-grandchildren, taking trips, and a lot of laughing with each other.

She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, serving as choir director and worship chairman for many years. She loved teaching and taught elementary school for two years in Postville and 32 years in Lansing and New Albin. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lansing Auxiliary, and director at the Food Shelf.

Through the years, she supported many charities that benefited children. It was her and her best friend, Betty Ann Gramlich, who hoped to become missionaries in Africa to help the children and spread God’s word. They adjusted their plans and blessed the children and people in Lansing and the surrounding area instead.

She is survived by her loving husband, Robert; four children: Josey (Kenneth) Hopballe, Lesa (Jack) Dreps, Audrey (Paul) Ellbogen and Robert (Tammy) Leppert, Jr.; a brother, Carl Clancy; three sisters, Bernadine Feuerhelm, Bebe Truelsen and Deanna Clancy; 16 precious grandchildren: Brittany, Cody and Chris Hopballe, Joshua (Ellie), Jonah (Jennifer), Lynsey (John) and Leah Dreps, Sydney and Sadie Ellbogen, and Justin, Maria, Andrea, Elizabeth, Jessica, Ryan and Brandon Leppert; eight great-grandchildren: Taylor, Chloe, Brayden, Hayden, Charlotte, Ryker, Elaina and Logan.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Verona Clancy; her sisters, Betty Munchoff, Beverly Boies, Bonita McKee and Belva Gramlich; her brother, Walter Clancy, Jr.; and a granddaughter, Rachel Leppert.

The Iowa Cremation Society of Cedar Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.  Barb requests monetary memorial gifts be made out to the Lansing United Methodist Church.

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