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Leonard Walter Groeschel

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LEONARD WALTER GROESCHEL, born September 26, 1922 to Theodore and Clara Groeschel in Sand, Texas, passed away August 31, 2009 in Houston. Mr. Groeschel is preceded in death by his first wife, Velma Fehrle Groeschel, and his sister, Leona Groeschel Wolff. He is survived by wife, Wren Riedel Groeschel; children, Tom Groeschel and wife, Royce, Sylvia Hildebrandt and husband, Barry, and Debbie Herbrich and husband, Ray; grandchildren, Craig Groeschel and wife, Amy, Lisa Woods and husband, Jonathan, Rachel Hildebrandt and husband, Jeremy Clifton, Eve Noelle, Joshua, and Rebekah Hildebrandt, and Julie and Jason Herbrich; great-grandchildren, Catelin, Anna, Amanda, Samuel, Stephen, and Rebecca Groeschel, Logan, Jack, Tyson, and Sally Woods, and Autumn Clifton; stepchildren; Barbara Marchand, Beverly Cunningham and husband, Bill, and Otto Riedel and wife, Denise; step-grandchildren, Barbie Chandler and husband, Scott, Brietta Cunningham, Carrie Cunningham and husband Chris, Michelle Bricker and husband Andy, Mark Marchand and wife, Jane, and Sarah Riedel; step-great-grandchildren, Kyle Chandler, Grace and David Bricker, and Austin, Braden, and Kate Marchand; sisters, Adelia Lorenz, Gertrude Lorenz, and Nadine Christiansen; brother, Norbert Groeschel, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family. Mr. Groeschel served his country proudly in the Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, receiving many decorations and citations. He retired from Gulf Printing Company. Mr. Groeschel was a longtime active member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, where he served as an elder, youth counselor, and Sunday School teacher. He was a devoted father who loved his family, and also greatly enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening, and dominoes. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2009 at Heights Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 4, 2009 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 306 East 15th Street, Houston, Texas 77008. Interment with military honors will follow in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, or sent to Concordia University Texas and designated to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2009
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