Letha Alma Houk, 87, West Bend

Letha Alma Houk, 87, died peacefully on April 3, 2018, at Kathy Hospice in West Bend.

Letha was born Feb. 13, 1931, in the town of Springvale, daughter of Clem and Alma (Marquardt) Sanborn. United in marriage to Frank Peoples with three sons born in this union, Wayne, Dennis, and Randy. Letha graduated from School of Cosmetology Milwaukee, worked in Milwaukee several years, moved to home they built in Sussex for a few years, and moved to live in Pardeeville. Later she united in marriage to Donald Houk with one son Duane born in this union. She worked as a managing beautician for La Boutique Beauty Salon in Portage for 22 years and nurse’s aide at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena for 14 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Pardeeville. In 2002, they moved to Ripon and were members of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church where she belonged to the ladies aid group. After Don’s passing, Jan. 5, 2010, she moved to West Bend that year and was a member of Shepherd of The Hills Lutheran Church.

Letha enjoyed creating ceramic projects, playing cards, traveling and baking. She loved making cookies for family and friends. She enjoyed having family dinners. Letha was very generous and always willing to lend a helping hand for others. She loved her children, grandchildren, stepchildren and step grandchildren.

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Letha will be sadly missed by her two sons, Dennis (Janet Clewein) Peoples, Ripon, and Randy (Marcia Kagan) Peoples, West Bend; grandchildren, Kyle (Lora), Jacob, and Brian; great-grandchildren, Kaiden and Wyatt Peoples; stepchildren, Jeff (Trish) Houk, 29 Palms, California, and Shari Coffman, Stewartsville, Minnesota; seven step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Naomi (Jerome) Roundy, Rio; special friends of Canterberry Court, West Bend; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Clem in 1999 and Alma in 1999; brother, Roy in 1927; half brother, Harris Marquardt in 1993; husband, Donald in 2010; son, Wayne Peoples in 1948; son, Duane Houk in 1968; stepdaughter, Sharon Houk in 1998; mother and father-in-law, Edward in 1982 and Catherine (Farber) Houk in 1999.

Per Letha’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Letha’s body will be donated to the Body Donor Program UW-Madison.


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