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In Memory of Leah Rae A. Cardoni


March 11, 1934 - December 9, 2017

Leah Rae A. Cardoni of Hayward, formerly of Clarendon Hills, IL, gently passed away December 9, 2017 at home.

Leah Rae “Lee” was born March 11, 1934 at home on the family farm in Burlington, WI, the daughter of Raymond and Catherine (Weis) Krug. Lee moved with her family to Chicago, and then to the western suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from LaGrange Lyons High School, followed by Nurses Training in Aurora, IL.

On October 10, 1961 she was joined in marriage to Donald E. Cardoni. Though Lee was a stay at home mother she was extremely active in her church’s women’s auxiliary, and as a Camp Fire Girl leader, avid golfer, tennis player and bowler.

In November of 1977 Lee and Don relocated up north and opened up Rae’s Jean Shop on Main Street in Hayward. After seven years they closed the shop and she went to work in the clothing and sundry shop located in the Northern Lakes Co-Op grocery store till they closed it. After moving to Hayward, Lee became an accomplished seamstress making many quilts, blankets and outfits for family and extended families. She also took up crocheting and canning. She continued to be an avid bowler until her stroke in 2008. Lee also enjoyed traveling with her family and close friends. And one thing she truly enjoyed was playing cards, a trait she passed on to her children and grandchildren (May I?).

All through her life Lee was strong in her faith life. She became a Eucharistic Minister for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church to those in the hospital, nursing homes and many that were homebound. She was also a strong prayer warrior spending many hours at the church’s small Eucharistic Chapel. Lee was a woman of the Moose, when living in IL, and when in Hayward she joined the Hayward Lioness Club.

One of Lee’s strongest traits was her open and loving heart. Her door was always open and a place at the table always available. Many who came in as strangers, left as family.

Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents; two brothers, Richard and Ronald Krug; son-in-law, James.

She is survived by her son, George W. (Lavonne) Elsey III of River Falls, WI; three daughters, Pandora Larson and Felicia Toohey, both of Hayward, Rae-Jean Bergner of Duluth, MN; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Leah at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18th, at St. Joseph Catholic with Father Gerard Willger officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hayward Regional Hospice, 15910 W Company Lake Rd, Suite 3, Hayward, WI 54843.






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