Shullsburg Obituaries
Donald J. Plear
Donald J. “Doc” Plear, age 90 of Shullsburg, WI passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County in Darlington, WI. He was born on May 2, 1925 in Menominee Township in JoDaviess County, IL, the son of Charles and Katherine (Handfelt) Plear. Doc was united in marriage to Helen Elizabeth Hasken on June 6, 1950 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Shullsburg. Before his marriage Doc worked at Sinsinawa Mound. Following his marriage he worked as a farm hand on the Hasken family farm, Gensler’s and the Brown Brothers farm near Shullsburg, the Davis farm near Darlington and lastly the Scales Mound Hardware Store until it closed. Following his retirement he took care of the Burning Grounds in Shullsburg for several years.

Doc is survived by four sons: Mike (Sue) Plear of Cuba City, WI, Danny Plear of Mineral Point, WI, Terry Plear of Shullsburg, and Keith (Angie Brigham) Plear of Edgerton, WI; one daughter-in-law: Joann Plear of Shullsburg; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on June 29, 2005; son Tim on October 21, 2006; and two sisters: Florence Leifker and Mary Tranel.

Doc was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and past member of its Knights of Columbus. He loved playing Euchre with his family and playing catch with his dog Rusty. Doc thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and working in his vegetable garden. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, May 11, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church (344 N. Judgement Street,Shullsburg) with Rev. Joji Reddy officiating. Burial will be held in St. Matthew’s Cemetery in rural Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Erickson Funeral Home (235 N. Judgement St, Shullsburg) where a Scripture reading will be held at 4:00 P.M. and from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral mass on Monday at the church. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Doc’s name.
Eilene E. Leitzinger
Eilene E. Leitzinger, age 80, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Epione Pavillion Nursing Home in Cuba City, WI. She was born January 6, 1935 in Cuba City, the daughter of William and Iva (Champion) Hocking. Eilene attended Darlington Community Schools. She was united in marriage to Francis “Red” Leitzinger on October 4, 1952 at Darlington United Methodist Church Parsonage. Eilene grew up in Darlington, WI. Following her marriage she farmed with her husband in Shullsburg Township until they both retired in 1999.

Eilene is survived by four children: Carolyn (Dave Driscoll) Temperly of Dubuque, IA, Robert (Jane) Leitzinger of rural Shullsburg, Steven (Denise) Leitzinger of Shullsburg, and Hope (Mick) Langmeier of Cuba City; two brothers: Edward Hocking and Glenn (Luann) Hocking both of Dodgeville, WI; sister: Barbara (Ronald) Haugen of Dubuque; three sisters-in-law: Lois Leitzinger and Linda Leitzinger both of Shullsburg, and Barbara Leitzinger of Monroe, WI; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Francis on January 7, 2011; her parents; one brother: William Hocking; two sisters: Alice Weygant and Beth Scheck; five brothers-in-law: Richard Weygant, Wayne Schreck, Kenneth, Joseph and Wayne Leitzinger; and one sister-in-law: Della Hocking.

Eilene was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Eilene’s famiy will always remember her for her cake decorating abilities and trips to the Mystique Casino.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Centenary United Methodist Church (226 W. Church St, Shullsburg) with Rev. Jeffrey A. Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg. The Erickson Funeral Home in Shullsburg is serving the family. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Eilene’s name.
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