Elizabeth "Liz" Jeanne Sleichter, 38, of rural Mount Vernon, Iowa, died Dec. 27, 2017, at The Bird House in Iowa City under the care of hospice.
Friends and family are invited to a Remembrance Gathering on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the social hall at St. Patrick's Church, 4330 St. Patrick's Dr., Iowa City.
In lieu of flowers, Liz requests donations be made to a fund in her memory to benefit the later education of her 8-year-old daughter, Timber. Donations may be sent to The Elizabeth J. Sleichter Trust Fund, c/o Mindy Sleichter, University of Iowa Community Credit Union.
Survivors include her daughter, Timber Scholl, and partner, Casey Scholl, both of Mount Vernon; her mother, Sue Feeney, and stepfather, Douglas Russell, of Iowa City; her father, Jim Sleichter of Iowa City; her sister, Cybil (Sleichter) Miller, and her family, Matt, Oliver and Maple, of Coralville; her sister, Mindy Sleichter of Iowa City; her brother, Kyle Sleichter of Cedar Rapids; and her grandma, Barb Feeney of Iowa City.
Departed family include her grandfather, Dick Feeney; and grandfather, Carroll Sleichter, and grandma, Johanna Sleichter, all formerly from Iowa City.
Liz was born April 10, 1979, at Mercy Iowa City to her parents, Sue Feeney and Jim Sleichter.
Liz attended Hoover and Mann elementary schools, South East Junior High and graduated in 1997 from City High School. Liz attended the Upward Bound Project in the summer of 1996 through the University of Iowa. In 1999, she earned an A.A. degree from Kirkwood Community College in fashion merchandising and was later employed at Textiles, a women's clothing store, from 2001 to 2008. In 2008, she completed the program at the East-West Massage School in North Liberty and began her business, Presence Massage Therapy, as a massage therapist.
Liz's purpose in life changed forever when she gave birth to her beloved and precious daughter, Timber Scholl, on Feb. 10, 2009, affirming her new purpose to be an amazing mom.
Liz lost her life to breast cancer that was found in June 2010. She decided to fight this horrific disease with surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. The breast cancer spread to other areas in her body and she continued to receive a variety of treatments through her oncologist, Dr. Ghosh, in Cedar Rapids. In October 2015, a tumor was found and removed from her brain. Liz continued to receive treatments for her many health issues until this fall, when her body could no longer tolerate it. Even then, Liz was hopeful that a miracle would happen and she would be cured and have a second chance of life. She was admitted to Respite Care at Mercy Iowa City on Dec. 12, 2017, and was cared for by the loving nurses and aides in the hospice unit. On Dec. 20, she was transferred to The Bird House, where Liz remained and received excellent end-of-life care from their staff.
Liz will forever be remembered for her positive attitude and outlook on life. She loved her family and friends and cherished her time spent with all of them. Liz loved animals, especially her four fur babies. She loved music and attending concerts. Her passion for music has been passed on to her daughter, Timber.
It was Liz's wish that a cure would be found so nobody would have to suffer. She would want those affected to have hope and strength and to never give up. Her infectious smile and free spirit touched so many people and will never be forgotten. #LIZSTRONG
Online condolences nay be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com.