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Leonard A. Wendinger

Leonard A. Wendinger, 90, died peacefully on Oct 3, 2021 on the family farm in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Visitation will be on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Sleepy Eye and will continue on Friday from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at the church.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Sleepy Eye, on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 12:00 pm.

The clergy will be Father Mark Steffl. Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

All who attend services for Leonard are kindly asked to wear a mask at the request of his family.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Leonard “Lenny” Albert Wendinger was born July 25, 1931 in West Newton Township, St. George, MN to Albert and Gisella (Brey) Wendinger. Leonard grew up on the family farm in Lafayette, MN. He married Verna Haala on May 2, 1951 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Leonard and Verna met at a gathering in Klosser after they had been to a dance at George’s Ballroom. They married early in life. They learned ballroom dancing and enjoyed going to dances in area towns. His cherished wife was always his first priority.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Verna, of Sleepy Eye; son Lonnie (Renee) Wendinger of Sleepy Eye; daughters, Laurie (Dale) Enns of Roseville, Lisa Ganske of St Paul, and Lana (Glen) Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye; his much loved grandchildren, Lee Wendinger, Jennifer Bates, Terry Wendinger, Rachel Enns, Jeremy Ganske, Tami Limberg, Sam Ganske, Ashley Schieffert, Matt Mathiowetz, Molly Mathiowetz, and Sean Mathiowetz, and 19 great-grandchildren; his sister, Maryls Wendinger of New Ulm; brothers and sisters in-law, Delmar (Dorothy) Haala, Melva Haala, and Lynn Haala. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, William and Laura Haala; daughter LeAnn; son, Larry Wendinger; sister and brother in-law, LaDonna (Lloyd) Havemeier, and brother in-law, Les Haala.

Lenny was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Leonard loved to work. He farmed side by side with his son for many years northeast of Sleepy Eye. Side jobs included mechanic at John Deere, bus driver, and truck driver for Del Monte. In 1994 he began working for M & R Paving as a truck driver. He retired in 2015 at the age of 84. With time on his hands, the yard, lawn, and grove became his main focus. In wintertime, the farm site was decorated with thousands of Christmas Lights.

His pride and joy were his Grandchildren. Throughout his life he led by example, he instilled patience, kindness and acceptance. His legacy lives on through his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.

This lovingly meticulous and beloved man showed us all how to live every day to the fullest.


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