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Leonard M. Oestreich, 78

Leonard M. Oestreich, age 78, of New Germany, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at his home.

He was born July 24, 1934, in Hollywood Township, the son of Theodore and Adeline (Drews) Oestreich. Leonard was baptized Aug. 9, 1934, in the family home; and confirmed April 10, 1949, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by the Rev. Fred Pfotenhauer.

Leonard was united in marriage to Marlene I. Fenske Dec. 28, 1957, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Leonard had a passion for fishing, both summer and winter. He enjoyed working out in his garage, repairing lawn mowers and welding.

He served his country in the Army, and was stationed in Germany.

Leonard was a member of the New Germany Volunteer Fire Department for 36 years.

He worked for Schwartz Manufacturing for 42 years.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Adeline Oestreich; brother Vernon Oestreich; father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Ida Fenske; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Glennard Fenske, Wallace and Delores Goethke, Myron Fenske, Willard Fenske, and Vernon Fenske.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Marlene; daughters Lorie (Kevin) Kelzer of Waconia, and Ruth Oestreich and long- time friend Roger Asleson of Waconia; son John (Kathy) Oestreich of Shakopee; grandchildren Julie Kelzer, Daniel Kelzer and significant other Ashleigh Wiggins, and Micah Asleson; great-grandchildren Ryder Holmquest, and Rylie Wiggins; sister and brother-in-law Marceline and Harold Gust of St. Louis Park; sister-in-law Evelyn Fenske of Watertown; aunts and uncle Erwin and Lorraine Drews of Plymouth, and Glenna Sturmann of Cokato; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Sunday July 7 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with the Rev. LeRoy J. LaPlant officiating. There was visitation from noon until the time of the service at the church. Interment followed at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Julie Kelzer, Daniel Kelzer, Micah Asleson, Ken Gust, Jim Gust, and Sandi Johnson.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.