Created on Saturday, 09 February 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Lova Ella Leiss, 87, of Jackson Center, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney.
She was born in Shelby County on March 23, 1925, to the late Clyde Coleman and Nellie Golda Shoffner Watkins.
On Nov. 5, 1942, she married Clarence E. Leiss in Port Jefferson and he preceded her in death July 20, 2005. She also was preceded in death by son, Steve Leiss, Jan. 7, 2013; two sisters, Thelma Archbold and Ann Thompson Vest; six brothers, Forest, Allen, Herbert, Oscar and John Watkins and an infant brother; and a great-granddaughter, Jazlynn Ella Gray.
Lova is survived by her sons, William Leiss of Sidney and Michael (Deborah) Leiss of Anna; daughters, Darlene (Kenneth) Maxwell of Jackson Center and Lois (Richard) Gilbert of Lima; a daughter-in-law, Yvonne Leiss of Quincy; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a brother, Clyde R. Watkins of Quincy; a sister, Iva Wellbaum of Sidney; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lova worked at Copeland’s and Wal-Mart in Sidney. She also worked as a caretaker for many years to elderly friends.
A member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Montra, she loved cooking, gardening, canning and enjoyed family meals.
Pastor Shannon Vogelezang officiates a funeral at 10 a.m. Monday at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Montra, with visitation one hour prior. Friends also may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Eichholtz, Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Jackson Center. Burial is in Pearl Cemetery, Swanders.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 17714 Montra Road, Jackson Center 45334.
Express condolences at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.