Leo Brezinka, 88

Leo S. Brezinka, a resident of Royalton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at his home in Royalton.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Sept. 13, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton, with Father Laurn Virnig officiating. Burial was at Holy Trinity Parish Cemetery in Royalton. Military Rites were conducted by Little Falls VFW Post 1112 and Royalton American Legion Post 0137.

Leo S. Brezinka was born March 6, 1924, in Holdingford, to the late John and Johanna (Kostreba) Brezinka. He was the oldest of 20 children. The family lived in the Opole, Holdingford, Elmdale area. Leo served in the U.S. Army from 1944–1946 and was involved in World War II. On April 21, 1953, he was united in marriage to Mary Kruzel at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski. The couple resided in rural Royalton, where they lived for the past 59 years, together they raised 10 children. Leo enjoyed playing horseshoe, gardening, fishing, playing cards and playing the harmonica, which brought him to the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest in 2010. He also enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Little Falls VFW Post 1112 and the Royalton American Legion Post  0137. Leo also served on the Belleuve township, and on the school board for country schools for many years, was a member and officer of National Farmers Organization and also was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton.

Leo is survived by his loving wife Mary, of 59 years; sons, Mike (Linda) Brezinka of Buckman, Bill Brezinka of Royalton, Leonard (Barb) Brezinka of Elk River, Ed (Joanne) Brezinka of Pierz, John (Felicia) Brezinka of Clear Lake and Jerry (June) Brezinka of Royalton; daughters, Ellen “Tweety” (Virgil) Blaszak of Morrill, Helen (Rod) Schwinghammer of St. Cloud, Rose (Kevin Kowitz) Brezinka-Kowitz of Sauk Rapids and Carrie (Darin) Petron of Little Falls; brothers, John, George, Clarence, Bob, Dan, and Dave Brezinka; sisters, Ann Kiley, Eleanor Dorroff, Francis Lashinski, Betty Czech, Mary Jo Lobin, Judy Hennes and Faye Post; 37 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Leo was preceded in death by parents, John and Johanna; brothers, Louis, Carl, Larry, Dick and infant brother, Frank; sister, Josephine. Casketbearers were Jason Brezinka, Jesse Brezinka, Josh Brezinka, Matthew Brezinka, Aaron Blaszak, Joseph Schwinghammer, Stephen Kowitz, Ross Brezinka, Patrick Schmitz and Craig Petron.

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