Renee Wieser, 69, of La Crescent
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 3:35 AM
Renee Sonsalla Larson Wieser, 69, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at her home in La Crescent. After receiving her cancer diagnosis in early December 2012, she spent her remaining days with her family and friends, reminiscing and reflecting her positive outlook on life and living.
She was born March 11, 1943, to Michael and Merle (Beardsley) Sonsalla and grew up in Winona, graduating from Winona Senior High School in 1961.
In her early years, Renee enjoyed summers on the Mississippi River in Wabasha with her family, followed by winters in Minnesota snowmobiling and traveling.
After high school, she attended Winona State College until 1964 when she joined IBM and embarked on her professional career. Renee held various positions with IBM Rochester until her retirement in 2001.
She married James Edwin Larson on Aug. 29, 1963, in Winona, and together the couple had three children: Mary (Richard) Steichen of Elk River, Melanie (Mark) Wegwerth of Barrington Hills, Ill., and Matt (Kate) Larson of Rochester. James died unexpectedly Jan. 12, 1995.
On Oct. 23, 2004, Renee married Leonard Wieser in La Crescent after meeting on a church pilgrimage in Italy the prior year. Together the two were parents and grandparents to nine children and 27 grandchildren.
Renee loved children and enjoyed being a grandmother to all children.
Her later years were spent exploring international destinations with winters being spent in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard and her children; a brother, Richard (Shirley) Sonsalla of Byron; a sister-in-law, Janet Cerney of Shoreview; and Leonard's children: Jake (Holly) Wieser, Jim (Audra) Wieser, Michelle Mauer, Debra (Todd) Tennyson, Timothy (Tricia) Wieser, and Jason (Amber) Wieser and their children; as well as Leonard's 17 siblings and their spouses.
She was preceded in death by her first husband; a brother, William Sonsalla; and a sister, Beverley (George) Hoeppner.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 26 at the Church of the Crucifixion, La Crescent. Father Gregory Havel officiated with a lunch celebration of life immediately following in the school hall. Burial was at St. Felix Cemetery in Wabasha.
McCormick Funeral Home in Caledonia assisted the family with arrangements and online condolences can be left at www.mccormickfuneralhome.net.