May 23, 1953 - December 6, 2021
On Monday, December 6, 2021, Evelyn (Ev) Leystra, loving Wife and Mother, passed away at the age of 68. A small private ceremony was held in Santa Barbara, California. She will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony in Eagle River, Wisconsin. A local celebration of her life will be planned for spring 2022, with details to follow. Evelyn was born into an Air Force family to John and Barbara (Walters) Gardner on May 23, 1953. On September 11, 1976, she married the love of her life, Charles D. Leystra. Together, they raised two daughters, Tara and Dana. Ev graduated from Poynette High School in 1971 and she obtained her Associate Degree in Animal Technology from Madison Area Technical College in 1973. She was a long term member and serving Session Member of the Randolph Bethany Presbyterian Church. Her 34-year career began in 1984 with the Post Office. After serving as Postmaster of Cambria and Randolph Wisconsin, she retired on August 18, 2017. Evelyn was passionate about her family, her flower gardens, and pets. She enjoyed spending time outdoors-be it bird-watching, hiking, camping, four-wheeling, or simply spending time at the family property in Northern Wisconsin. She will be remembered for her infectious smile, big hugs, and steadfast love and support. Ev was preceded in death by her Father, John; her Mother, Barb; and her beloved miniature Schnauzer, Linka. Her brother, John Byron (J.B.) Gardner, passed away shorty after Ev on March 6th, 2022. She is survived by her Husband, Chuck; her Children, Tara (Dustin) Nielsen and Dana (Steve Smith) Leystra Smith; and many dear friends. A memorial bench is planned for Eagle River to celebrate her love of the North Woods. The family requests no flowers.
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