A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Church of All Saints St. Mary, Holdingford. Visitation will be Thursday, April 12, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the church in Holdingford and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Parish prayers will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church in Holdingford. Interment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Leonard was born Feb. 7, 1926, in Elmdale, to John J. and Clara (Blazinski) Kopka. He graduated from Upsala High School. Leonard served in the United States Army during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. On July 24, 1948, Leonard was united in marriage to Geraldine Erma Kiley at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. Leonard worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 37 1/2 years. He was a member of Church of All Saints St. Mary, Knights of Columbus Council 9307, Holdingford VFW Post 5160, Holdingford American Legion Post 0211, and NARVE Unit 107. Leonard enjoyed fishing and farming.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Kopka of Albany; sons and daughters, Leonard L. Kopka, Jr. of Rice, Terrance M. (Barbara) Kopka of St. Cloud, Lonnie T. (Tammy) Kopka of Big Lake, Mary Jo (Arthur) Boelz of St. Cloud and Julaine (Marcio) Oliveira of Lake Elmo; brothers, Robert A. (Cathy) Kopka of North Branch, and John D. (Kathy) Kopka of St. Paul; 10 grandchildren, Stacy Kopka, Kristen Fuchs, Tess Kopka, Brian Young, Dustin Young, Michael Young, Nathan Kopka, Chris Theis, Jovanna Oliveira and Ashton Oliveira; and three great-grandchildren, Gavin, Colin and Elena.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel Kopka.
Pallbearers will be Brian Young, Dustin Young, Michael Young, Nathan Kopka and Ashton Oliveira.