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1926 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
MUNDELEIN - Mass of Christian Burial for Leonard (Lennie) Joseph Piekarski , 88, is 10 AM. Friday at Santa Maria del Popolo Chapel 116 N. Lake St. (Route 45), Mundelein. Interment will follow in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Niles. Visitation is Thursday from 4-8 PM. at the Kristan Funeral Home P.C., 219 W. Maple Ave. (two blocks west of Route 45 on Route 176), Mundelein. Lennie was born June 29, 1926 in Milwaukee and was lovingly welcomed into Ben and Betty Piekarski's family of Chicago through adoption. He died Sunday August 3, 2014 at Rainbow Hospice Ark in Park Ridge, IL. At age 18, Lennie joined the Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He joined the United States Postal Service in 1952 where he worked as a letter carrier for 40 years. Lennie began his drum corps career with the Gladstone Junior Corps and continued as a member of the championship Skokie Indians. He then moved on to being the marching and maneuvering instructor of the world championship Chicago Cavaliers and to judging drum corps competitions. Lennie is past commander VFW post #8741 and American Legion post #820. He was currently a member of the Mundelein American Legion Post #867. He was very active in coaching his children's baseball, basketball, softball, and football teams. He was a member of Santa Maria del Popolo Parish, the Knights of Columbus and served as a minister of communion. Lennie loved to fish, golf, bicycle and cross country ski. Leonard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan Piekarski (nee Conrad), their five children, Terry (Roger) Krikke, Joe (Helen) Piekarski, Sandy (Brent) Simpson, Carl (Mary) Piekarski, Patti (David) Hehr, eight grandchildren, Michelle (John) Dohrwardt, Becky (Chris) Kemper, Elizabeth Krikke, Mark (Rebekah) Krikke, Jim Piekarski, Sarah Krikke, Ashley Piekarski, Austin Piekarski and 4 great grandchildren, Isabell Kemper, John Henry Dohrwardt, Ashton Kemper, and James Dohrwardt. He was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Elizabeth Piekarski. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation at www.specialops.org or the United States Navy Memorial at http://shipsstore.navymemorial.org/ or masses appreciated. For information, visit www.kristanfuneralhome.com or call 847-566-8020.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Aug. 5, 2014
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