Leo J. Osmek, 86

Leo Joseph Osmek, age 86, of rural Glencoe, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born May 17, 1930, in Glencoe, the son of Joseph and Anna (Boushka) Osmek.

Leo was joined in holy marriage with Claire A. Stoffel Dec. 28, 1963, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in St. Paul. God blessed their marriage with two sons.

Leo engaged in farming for many years, and lived his entire life within one-and-one-half miles of the family homestead. He also was formerly employed as an iron worker for Glencoe Manufacturing, and later for Hutchinson Manufacturing.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching NASCAR, and listening to polka music on the radio. Leo loved going to the cabin, repainting his tractors and older car, traveling, and taking care of his farm cats.

He is survived by his wife, Claire; sons State Senator David (Kari) Osmek of Mound, and John Osmek of St. Cloud; three grandchildren: Christine and Samantha; and Joseph; and other relatives and friends.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna Osmek; his sisters, Mary Lamp and Dorothy Rathmanner; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph F. and Genevieve Stoffel; a brother-in-law, Dr. R.C. Stoffel; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with Father Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. Interment followed at Holy Family Cemetery.

There was visitation Thursday, Feb. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Further visitation took place Friday morning, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Casket bearers were Gary Rathmanner, Mike Rathmanner, Ricky Rose, Travis Rose, Brian Wendlandt, and Justin Wendlandt.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.

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