Donna M. Leisses

  • Born: May 13, 1945
  • Died: October 29, 2019
  • Location: Columbus, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral & Cremation Services, Columbus

146 South Dickason Boulevard
Columbus, WI 53925

Tel. (920) 623-3150

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donna M. Leisses, 74, of Columbus passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at her home.

Donna was born the daughter of Melvin "Max" and Lorraine (Kohls) Hacht on May 13, 1945 in Columbus. She was a graduate of Columbus High School. Donna was married to Darrell Leisses on August 16, 1969 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus. She was employed with American Family Insurance in Madison until her retirement.

Donna was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus where she enjoyed singing in the choir and playing bells as well as teaching Sunday school. She volunteered many years on the Columbus Fourth of July celebration committee and was a past parade marshal. Donna enjoyed taking care of her four grandchildren and referred to herself as "grandma's taxi service."

Donna is survived by her husband, Darrell of Columbus; her children: Brenda (Tim) Arndt of Columbus and Brad Leisses of Fall River; her mother, Lorraine Hacht of Columbus; four grandchildren: Nicholas and Katrina Arndt and Colton and Cerysa Leisses; her brother, Rodney (RoseMary) Hacht of Columbus; a special cousin, Janet (Jim) Koshel of Columbus; brothers-in-law: Clem (Jackie) Leisses of North Carolina, Gerald Schoenwetter of Columbus, and Lyle Draeger of Arizona; sisters-in-law: Gwen (Gart) Laue of Beaver Dam, Karen (Dale) Hallman of Princeton, and Marlene Leisses of Fond du Lac; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Max; father and mother-in-law, Clem and Elma Leisses; brothers-in-law: Joe and Bill Leisses; and sisters-in-law: Edith Gerhke, Ethlyn Schoenwetter, and Dottie Draeger.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home in Columbus on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 12 p.m. at the funeral home.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for your loss

Posted by Tom Cooper - Columbus, WI - Friend   November 02, 2019

Darrell and Family,
Very sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jeff Gronholz

Posted by JEFFREY GRONHOLZ - Watertown, WI   October 31, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. She will truly be missed.

Paul & Cathy Banegas
Oct. 30, 2019

Posted by Cathy Banegas - Sun Prairie, WI - Friend   October 30, 2019

Prayers and hugs to all of the families. Always enjoyed my time with Donna at work at American Family and the Columbus 4th of July Committee. She was the one that got me to volunteer to help with the celebration years ago. She was a great individual for sure. RIP Donna!

Posted by Bonnie Rostad - Wausaukee, WI - Friend   October 30, 2019

So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I have some great memories. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Lori Boness Caswell

Posted by LORI CASWELL - Waupun, WI - Friend   October 30, 2019

Very nice picture of Donna. Sorry for your loss. Remembering all the good times with you. She was our Pioneer Leader too. Fun times. Love to all, especially Brenda & Grandma. ♥

Posted by Janet Stalsberg - La Crosse, WI   October 30, 2019

She was a positive spirit that is so seldom seen. Many will only meet someone of this quality once in a life, for that they are truly blessed. So many were touched by Donna and by doing so made Columbus a little bit brighter.

Posted by Craig Kadinger - Columbus, WI - Acquaintance   October 29, 2019


We are keeping all of you in our prayers. We understand how difficult this loss is for all of you. Time and the memories will help but she will always be a part of each of you, because she touched each in her own special way.

Posted by Thomas and Mary Ann Henkel - Charlotte, NC   October 29, 2019

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