Laila Pickhard, 93, Juneau

July 24, 2018

Laila M. Pickhard (nee Nehm), 93, Juneau, went to be with her lord Friday, July 20, at the Larson House in Columbus.

Laila was born Nov. 3, 1924, in the town of Polk, to Henry K. and Elsa Maria L. (nee Schwanz) Nehm. She was united in marriage to Garvin H. Pickhard on Oct. 9, 1948, at St. John Evangelical Church in Slinger.

Laila was both a farmer and a homemaker. She worked alongside of her husband, Garvin, both in the fields and the barn. She had many flower gardens and a vegetable garden which provided her family with food through the winter. She was creative and had many outlets such as quilting, rosemaling, crocheting and knitting.

Laila loved her family and was an excellent cook. She loved preparing special meals for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Laila is survived by her two daughters, Linda (Elliott) Pollasch of Princeton and Marcella Draeger of Juneau; seven grandchildren, Kelly (Greg) Barton, Christopher (Sarah) Pollasch, Lindsay (Peter) Osborne, Andrew Pollasch, Patti (Dave) Roberts, Randy (Jill) Draeger, and Tim (Jessica) Draeger; 17 great-grandchildren; She is further survived by sister-in-laws, Edress Pickard and Barbara Pickard, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Harry and Ida (nee Naab) Pickhard; loving husband of 68 years, Garvin, who passed away in April 2017; son-in-law, Ron Draeger; siblings, Anita (Earl) Mechenich, Carl (Charleen) Nehm, Ruth Schilling and her twin sister, Lenora Nehm; brothers-in-law, Robert, Harvey and Garvin’s twin brother, Clarence.

A funeral service will be held at Faith Bible Alliance Church, W2799 Lehman Rd., Neosho, on Saturday, July 28, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jeff Thrane presiding. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Thanks to Hillside Hospice and Wisconsin Care for their guidance, expertise and care for Laila for the last three years.

Thanks to Amber Holder and Pastor Jeff Thrane whose visits went above and beyond the call of duty.

Most of all we are so grateful for the amazing love and care shown by those at Larson House. We were so touched by the constant stream of wonderful people, whether on or off shift who stopped to offer support to Laila and us in the last week of her life.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences and tributes may be given at shimonfuneralhome.com.

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