Leander Odenthal, 89

Leander Mathew Odenthal, 89, of Faribault, died peacefully on Saturday, July 20, 2013, under Faribault Area Hospice Care at the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Faribault.

Leander was born on March 27, 1924, a son of Jacob and Frances (Gerardy) Odenthal. He spent his childhood years growing up on the family farm just north of Heidelberg. He attended a small country school in Heidelberg through the 8th grade, and enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 20, 1946, serving with the Military Police. He was honorably discharged on November 8, 1946, and returned home to farm and haul milk for the Montgomery Creamery. Leander married Theresa Trcka on February 20, 1960, at Sacred Heart Church in Faribault. They began their married life on their farm, south of Lonsdale. Leander continued to farm and worked as a carpenter for Pavek and Busch Construction in New Prague. They later moved into the city of Lonsdale. Leander continued his work in construction, and his love of carpentry led him to make many useful and unique items that his family and friends cherish to this day. After living in Lonsdale for 41 years, Leander and Theresa moved to Faribault in 2001.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years; three daughters Mary (David) Peterson, Jean (James) Moriarity and Dawn Odenthal, all of Faribault; seven grandchildren Jesse (Jana) Odenthal, Jacob (Roxanna) Moriarity, Casey Hurley, Danielle Peterson, Matthew Peterson, Julia Moriarity and Jerad Moriarity; three great grandchildren Addisyn, Lilyana and Skylar; a sister Delores Hoffman, Belle Plaine; four sisters-inlaw; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Cindy Hurley; his parents; four brothers Eugene, Roman, Leo and Willy; and two infant sisters LaDonna and Madonna.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault on Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m.

Visitation was held at the Boldt Funeral Home in Faribault on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m., and also at the church for one hour prior to the services on Thursday.

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