Leonard F. Stibal

Leonard F. Stibal, age 86 of Winsted and formerly of Silver Lake, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at St. Mary's Care Center, Winsted.

Leonard was born Aug. 10, 1914, to Frank W. and Frances M. (Pulkrabek) Stibal in Rich Valley Township, McLeod County, Minn.

He spent his youth on the farm and attended St. Adalbert School, Silver Lake. After school, he continued to farm with his dad.

On May 2, 1938, Leonard married Isabel M. Kappel at Holy Trinity Church, Winsted. They farmed the family farm until Leonard retired in 1983.

They then focused on Leonard's love of Belgian horses, which he enjoyed raising with his son, Ronald. They entered many competitions in horse plowing and won many ribbons and trophies. Leonard also loved entering the fairs and showing horses at parades.

After the death of his son, Ronald, Leonard eventually sold the horses and did some horse judging at the fairs.

Leonard loved old time music, and Wee Willy was always his favorite. He enjoyed homemade sausage and, for years, made his own.

Most of all, Leonard loved his family and spending time with them.

He was a member of Holy Family Church and the Knights of Columbus, Silver Lake.

Leonard is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Splittgerber and husband, Mike, of Cross Lake; son, Harold and wife, Rose Mary, of Silver Lake; daughter-in-law, Janet Stibel of Lester Prairie; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lydia Marvan of Hutchinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Isabel; and son, Ronald.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m., at Holy Family Church, Silver Lake, with interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Silver Lake.

The Rev. Bob Mraz officiated at the funeral service. Organist was Val Shamla. The Holy Family adult choir sang.

Honorary casket bearers were Susan Krause, Michael Splittgerber, Kristin Ploetz, Brian Stibal, Craig Stibal, Julie Hawkinson, Michelle Rohwer, and Jerry Stibal.

Casket bearers were Dale Kosek, Todd Eischens, Ralph Piehl, Jim Mahon, Tom Eischens, and LeRoy Posusta.

Arrangements were by Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake.

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