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Leila (Schleeper) Pieper, 96, passed away at 4:10 p.m., Friday, January 1, 2020 at Calhoun Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born on January 18, 1924 in Hardin to the late Edward and Freda (Kraut) Schleeper and was raised south of Hardin and graduated from Hardin High School.

She married Carl Frederick Pieper on November 23, 1940 at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardin and throughout their 65 years of marriage, Leila was a loyal and dedicated farm wife, never shying away from any task. Her home was known by many area farmers as the “go to” place for lunches.

She was devout in her Catholic faith and a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fieldon.

Surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews, all of whom cared for her immensely.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, on September 24, 2006, as well as a sister, Enda Lucile Kanallakan.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Friday, January 8, 2021 at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m., Friday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fieldon with Father Hyland Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be given to St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic School.

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