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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:54

Lavern Leider had a pleasant personality, was a great baker and cook and kept her eyes to the sky.
Mrs. Leider and her husband, Gregory, ran an airport in Fredonia for a few years in the early 1950s. One of Mrs. Leider’s jobs, her son Robert said, was to look at the trees every morning.
“You couldn’t have much wind when crop dusting. She’d have to see if the trees were swaying,” her son said.
Mrs. Leider, 88, formerly of Fillmore Street, Fredonia, died from complications of pneumonia and congestive heart failure on Oct. 23 at the Gables on the Pond in Random Lake.
She was born Feb. 18, 1929, on the family farm to Henry and Mary Schimberg Lauters, Jr.
On June 25, 1949, she was married to a local Navy aviator at Holy Cross Catholic Church in the Town of Belgium. Her husband served as a pilot in World War II before operating an airport until 1953. The couple offered airplane services, charter flights and ran an instructional school.
Air shows were held on Sundays, complete with parachuters and airplane rides, her son said.
Mrs. Leider baked pies and canned fruits and vegetables from the family’s garden. Every Saturday morning, she baked a couple of loaves of bread.
“I barely knew what store bread was until I got into high school,” her son said.
“Just about everything she made was pretty good.”
Mrs. Leider enjoyed playing sheepshead with friends on Friday nights, and served as a Boy Scouts den mother when her children were young.
She was a longtime member of St. Rose Parish in Fredonia, Christian Mothers Society and the Catholic Order of Foresters.
Mrs. Leider maintained a friendly disposition. Nurses even commented on what a nice person she was, her son said.
“She enjoyed people. She was fun to be around,” he said.
Mrs. Leider is survived by her children Robert (Verna) of Random Lake, Allan (Sandra) of Plymouth, Linda (Dave) Baardseth of Galesville and Paul (the late Lorna) of Sheboygan; foster son Richard (Clarice) Lehn of Newport Beach, Calif; 11 grandchildren; more than 16 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Robert Arendt of Shawano and sister-in-law Pearl Lauters of Port Washington.
She is preceded in death by her husband Greg; twin sons Dennis and Daniel; brother Melvin Lauters; sisters-in-law Julia Eischen, Lucille Vanderloop, Carol Leider, Germaine Leider and Helen Arendt; brothers-in-law Ray Eischen, Bill Vanderloop, Alois Leider, Henry Leider; and son-in-law Dan Dean.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Divine Savior Parish – St. Rose Chapel in Fredonia. Rev. Todd Budde will officiate.
Interment will be at St. Rose Cemetery in Fredonia.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, W2850 State Road 28, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085 are appreciated.
Poole Funeral Home is handing arrangements.