Mildred M. Lessard

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Mildred M. Lessard, 85, of Janesville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Agrace Hospice in Janesville.  

She was born in Prairie du Chien on Sept. 17, 1933, the daughter of Thomas and Orpha Check. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School and went on to marry her loving husband of 48 years, Walter A. Lessard on July 7, 1952. Walter and Mildred have been Janesville residents since 1959, and also faith members of St. William Catholic Church. Mildred loved spending her winters in Florida with Walter, and they even enjoyed fishing together. She was talented in quilting and ceramics, and donated quilts to the Veterans at the Milwaukee Hospital. She was a loving and devoted grandma and great-grandma, and always cherished her time with family. 

Mildred is survived by her children, Michael Lessard of Janesville, Patrick (Dawn Glander) Lessard of Kohler, and Kathleen Brown of Ohio; grandchildren, Nicole (Jason) Burkheimer, Jeremy (Pat Wedor) Werner, and Tyler (fiancé, Katerina Herder) Lessard; great-grandsons, Aiden and Dylan Burkheimer; siblings, Irene Rau, Thomas Check, Jr., Norma (John) Gillitzer, Catherine Forst, Marilyn (Arthur) Pitzer; and many extended family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter in 2000; her parents; brother, Harold Check; and in-laws, Walter D. and Rose Lessard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at St. William Catholic Church in Janesville, with Rev. James Leeser officiating. Committal will be held at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Schneider Funeral Home Life Celebration Center. Visitation will be  Tuesday at church, from 10 a.m. until Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association. The Lessard family would like to thank the entire staff of Agrace Hospice in Janesville for all of their kindness and exceptional care. Also, a special thanks to the staff of Oak Park Place and the Dean St. Mary’s staff in Janesville and Madison.

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