Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Nov. 26, 2001

Webers named grand marshals for winter parade

By Ryan Gueningsman

Although Leo Weber moved around several times as a kid, he has never strayed far from Winsted Township.

He is now, and has been for the past 30 years, living at the same farm next to the one his parents owned when he was born just northwest of Winsted.

Weber's wife, Mavis (Mallak), was also born and raised in Winsted Township, where her parents owned a sawmill near Sherman Station.

She belonged to Silver Lake parish, but went to school in Winsted. After getting married, they took residence in Winsted Township.

Their three kids, Warren, Wanda, and Wendy, were all born in the area, and graduated from Holy Trinity Schools.

Leo has also served on the school board for many years.

"I've been on the school board for 20 years, if I make it through this year," joked Leo.

He has also served two terms on the Winsted Township Board, and even became a member of the state transportation committee for the townships.

"As far as working, I've been on the farm all my life," Leo said. "I also did several different moonlighting jobs. I worked for Kubasch for several years.

"I also tended bar at the Blue Note for close to 30 years. To me, that was probably the most interesting thing in my life. Over the years, people came and got married, and after awhile, being there that long, you'd see their kids come in and get married, too.

"I really got to know and meet a lot of people. It was very interesting," Leo said,

His wife also had a job that enabled her to meet a lot of people. For the past 35 years she has had a beauty shop in her home.

"It was supposed to be just a part-time, one day a week thing, and it turned out to be a 35-year career almost," said Mavis. "For the past three years, I've helped out at St. Marys doing hair, as well."

It's not hard for someone who owns a beauty shop, and for someone who tends bar, to get involved in the community and really see what a small town has to offer.

"We've been here all our lives. We've been involved to a point, but not a lot. Probably now it will be easier for us to get involved, with our jobs slowing up a little," said Mavis.

Leo also echoes his wife's feelings of Winsted.

"The community of Winsted has been really good to me. People of Winsted were really nice to work with, and the relationship between the township and the city has improved greatly.

"I don't know how I could ever thank the community of Winsted for the great support they gave us in the last school election. The Chamber of Commerce jumping on and supporting us, and that just gave me a good feeling for the support from the people of Winsted.

"Bottom line ­ it's a great feeling to be in a small community where people know you and support you," said Weber.


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