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August 20, 2020

Jody L. Legler

Jody L. Legler, age 63 of rural Brooklyn, passed away on August 12, 2020, at Agrace HospiceCare, Inc. in Fitchburg. She was born on March 3, 1957, in Osceola, IA, the daughter of Ronald and Linda (Smith) Reed.

Jody graduated from Osceola High School in 1975. In 1987, she met her future husband, Art Legler, while he was working in the Osceola area; Jody traveled along with Art and the girls the next summer as he worked around the country. Jody and Art were united in marriage on December 30, 1988, at the First United Church of Christ in Belleville, and they made their home near Brooklyn. She continued her education at Madison Business College, and then went on to work for WPS in Madison for twenty-five years until retiring. Participation in 4-H activities were a passion of Jody's, her family was named the Iowa State 4-H farm family of the year in 1947. She continued the traditions of 4-H with guidance and support for her children and grandchildren in showing animals. Jody loved to garden, and travel to the coast to see lighthouses and collect shells. She also enjoyed cruises in the Camaro. Most of all she cherished her time spent with her family.

Jody is survived by her husband, Art; daughters, Alishia Johnson and Nichole (Paul Putney) Brown-Legler; grandchildren, Hailey Raymond, Abbigail and Kennedy Johnson, and Sarah Putney. She is further survived by her parents, Ronald and Linda Reed; sisters, Cindy (Bud Jones) Reed and Susan (Chris) Reed-Illg; mother-in-law, Rose Legler; sisters-in-law, Dawn Bryant, Becky Legler, Sheree Solberg; brother-in-law, Roy Legler; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and best friend, Brenda Parson.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Reed; grandparents, Guy and Mamie Reed, John Allen, and Motta Lena Smith; father-in-law, Bill Legler; and brother-in-law, Guy Solberg.

Private family services were held at the Becker-Beal Funeral Home, 109 Greenway Cross, Belleville, WI, on Sunday, August 16, 2020, Rev. Rich Pleva will officiate. Burial is in the Belleville Cemetery.

A public celebration of Jody's Life will be held at a later date.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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