Nila Dawn Leder, 88, the mother of a Junction City man, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at The Lodge at Whispering Pines in Plover where she had resided for the past four and a half years. She was under the care of Ministry Hospice.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Wisconsin Rapids, with the Rev. Tom Petersen of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stevens Point officiating.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the services.
A memorial fund has been established for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to enhance the lives of children dealing with cancer.
Condolences may be offered online at www.taylorfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Leder was born July 23, 1925, in Arpin, a daughter of the late Carl and Hattie (Wilke) Scheunemann. She attended school in Arpin until moving to Wisconsin Rapids where she attended Immanuel Lutheran Grade School and then Lincoln High School.
She was married to Robert “Bob”/”Slug” Leder March 14, 1944, in the pastor’s parsonage in Wisconsin Rapids. He died Sept. 10, 2013.
She held many office positions, such as a receptionist for a local physician and a dentist and as a bookkeeper for a local funeral home, all in Wisconsin Rapids.
They retired in Arbor Vitae after her husband retired from Consolidated Papers, until moving to Stevens Point in 2003 to be near family. For many years they spent winter months in various parts of the south to including Alabama, Florida, Texas and Arizona.
While residing in Wisconsin Rapids, she taught a Sunday school class for many years at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Survivors include one son, Peter (Linda) Leder, Junction City; three grandchildren, Wendy (Paul) Schlaefer, Wisconsin Rapids, Chad (Katy) Leder, Appleton, and Dustin (Alina) Leder, Appleton; and six great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Burton Scheunemann and John Scheunemann.