On Sunday, February 7, 2021, Leigh Meta Allgaier, a loving mother of three and a grandmother of two, passed away at 74 years of age.
Leigh was born on October 9, 1946, in Wausau, Wis. to Jacob and Lucille Zinkevcz. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison. On September 6, 1969, she married Jack Allgaier. They raised three daughters together, all of whom became college graduates.
Leigh loved to cook and provided meals to volunteers at the Portage County Democratic Party as well as lunches for the local Warming Center. Leigh loved to travel and explored China, Africa, India, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Russia with her traveling companions Pat, Louise, and Debby. She traveled the United States with her family visiting the Outer Banks, Key West, the Olympic National Park, and Washington, D.C.
She enjoyed antiquing and collecting Hall teapots and Christmas pins. Her pins were often displayed at the Lincoln Center and the Portage County Public Library during the holiday season. Leigh was an avid card player and enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and sheepshead the most.
Leigh was a prolific reader and enjoyed her days working at the Portage County Public Library. While spending winter months in Arizona, she loved getting and using her library cards throughout the Phoenix area. Leigh took special pride in her arrest during a protest against Scott Walker at the state capitol.
Leigh was a strong person who battled multiple illnesses with strength and determination. A better future is what fueled her, she appreciated casting her last ballot in the Presidential Election, and she was thrilled to see the Biden and Harris inauguration. The family wishes to thank the nurses, therapists, and doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital who provided superior care.
Leigh was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Jay Allen Zinkevcz (Minnesota). She is survived by her husband Jack, her three daughters, Meta (Jef Schobert), Millie, and Rose, grandchildren Orion and Sapphire, and sisters-in-law Mary (Ronald) Stroik and Louise Zinkevcz.
Leigh enjoyed nothing more than a good party with friends and family. Leigh wanted her celebration of life to include food, stories, conversation, and no sorrow. There will be such a celebration in the future, once this horrid COVID-19 is under control. If you wish, please consider a donation in her name to Evergreen Community Initiatives, 1948 Church St., Stevens Point, Wis. 54481 with warming center in the memo, or membership or donation to the Portage County Democratic Party, 2220 Division St., Stevens Point, Wis. 54481 with “Allgaier Memorial” in the memo.
Pisarski Funeral Homes are honored to be serving the family. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.