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Leonard “Lenny” Pawelk

Leonard “Lenny” Pawelk, age 59, of Loretto, formerly of Winsted, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 5, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Lenny worked at Metro Transit for 31 years. In recent years, he had been a manager at the Heywood Garage.

He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada with his friends. More currently, he had become a motorcycle enthusiast, and he loved riding and going with friends or stopping to visit just to say hi.

Many thought of Lenny as “Mr. Fix- it,” or the guy that got things done. He was an extremely hard-working man who still had time for family, friends and fun. He truly enjoyed his many good friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

Lenny was married for over 38 years and was the proud father of two sons. His most precious gift was his 2-year-old granddaughter, Savannah Pawelk.

Lenny is survived by his wife, Deborah; sons Brandon (Kelly), and Jared; granddaughter Savannah; mother Adeline Pawelk; brother and sisters Jeanette (Ray) Pavlish, Dale Pawelk, and Sandy (Louie) Juncewski; mother-in-law Monica Jacques; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Sharon Mallak, Terry (Millie) Jacques, Colleen (Mike) Wedge, Jackie (Phil) Sonstegard, Bradley (Lynn) Jacques, Tom (Mary) Jacques, Shaun Jacques, Brenda (Joe Koppi) Torblaa, Tammy (Elmer) Weinmann, and Shannon (Brian) Johnson; along with many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glennard Pawelk; father-in-law Leo Jacques; and brothers-in-law Robert Jacques and Patrick Jacques.

Funeral service was Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with the Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating. Music was provided by organist Nancy Butterfass, and soloist Bruce Gatz. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “Just As I Am, Without One Plea,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Casket bearers were Brandon Pawelk, Jared Pawelk, Tom Jacques, Shaun Jacques, Joe Koppi, Jim Hendrickson, Bill Dell, and John Bolduc.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.