Leo Ponsar

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Leo Latham Ponsar passed away peacefully Sept. 24 at the age of 88.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with burial immediately following at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Hazleton.
His family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein, with a Rosary at 6 p.m. and a Scripture Service at 7 p.m.
Leo was born Aug. 10, 1922 to Edward and Bertha (Hitchings) Ponsar in Maynard. He attended Maynard schools and graduated from Hazleton High School in 1939. Leo graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1943 with a B.A. in History and served in the Navy during World War II as a Bomb and Mine Disposal officer in the Pacific. After the war, Leo lived in California and took graduate courses at UCLA. He also attended the University of Copenhagen and the University of Aarhus, Jutland in Denmark. For a time, Leo worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Leo then returned to Hazleton to help run the family farm. He earned his teaching degree from Upper Iowa University in 1966. He married Georgine Harrington and they enjoyed many years in Hazleton raising their children, Timothy and Kristine. Leo had a long career teaching Social Studies and Psychology at Independence High School from 1966 until retiring in 1986. He was beloved for his good-natured antics, was the Debate Team coach and chaperoned several student trips to Denmark and Europe. He was a member of the Hazleton American Legion and volunteered for the Hazleton Fire Department. The Ponsars were long-time parishioners of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hazelton where Leo served as a lector. In 2005, Leo moved to Westerville, Ohio to be near his daughter, Kris Doney, and her family. Leo is preceded in death by his parents, son Tim in 1972 and wife Georgine in 2001. He is survived by his daughter Kris and son-in-law Tim, grandsons Evan, Brian, and Justin, cousin Charmaine (Richard) Tichenor, sister-in-law Mary Jane (Keith) Carr and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Leo was always young at heart and time spent with him was always enjoyed by his family and friends. We will all miss his stories and good nature.
In keeping with Leo's love of reading and his years teaching, donations may be made to any library or school.

Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2010
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