She may have been rather diminutive in stature, but she was a giant when it came to serving this community and all of its citizens.

To say she will be missed is a gross understatement. To say she is irreplaceable is 110 percent accurate, and anyone who knew her would agree.

Last Wednesday, at the age of 95, Phyllis Leseth of Decorah passed peacefully into eternity. It is fitting and right that she had to spend only a few days in Barthell O.E.S. Home before transitioning into the spirit world. And that's the way it should be. She was such a good, sincere, caring person, it's absolutely just the end came mercifully without any prolonged suffering. It restores one's faith - good things happen to good people.

Rumor has it the little sparkplug was cheering people up and making them laugh right up until the end. I have no doubt that's true.

Phyllis enjoyed a long, healthy, productive life and, although the term is overused and often undeserved, she was truly much beloved ... by all. Although her list of accomplishments and contributions to Decorah and Winneshiek County could probably fill up this entire page, she will probably be remembered most for her major role in helping start Nordic Fest back in the late 1960s (1966 to be exact).

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