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Joseph Hermann Leppert

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Joseph Hermann Leppert Obituary
Born: Oct. 6, 1928; in Indianapolis
Died: April 21, 2014; in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – Joseph Hermann Leppert, age 85, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at his residence in St. Charles. He was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Indianapolis, the son of Joseph George and Helen Clara (nee Hermann) Leppert. He was united in marriage to Rosemary Zoderer on Aug. 6, 1955, in Indianapolis.

Joe grew up in Indianapolis and after graduating from high school in 1946; he joined the United States Navy for four years and trained at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois. After service he returned home and enrolled in college at Rose Hulman in Terre Haute, Ind. During his senior year in 1955, he met and married Rosemary, the love of his life. The following year he graduated with honors with a degree in electrical engineering and was immediately hired to work in New Jersey for Bell Telephone Laboratories in research and development. While working and raising his growing family, Joe earned his master's degree at New York University.

After 10 years in New Jersey, the company relocated 500 employees to Naperville where Joe, his wife and their family settled in St. Charles. One of his most interesting projects with Bell Labs was work on the Nike Zeus missile interceptor system, which was part of the Star Wars initiative under President Ronald Reagan.

Soon Joe became involved in his children's activities in scouting, traveling to Philmont with his son's troop and was a sports booster at St. Pat's and St. Ed's schools. He served on committees and parents clubs at both Mt. St. Mary's and St. Ed's. In the 1980's he worked on "Jubilee" and the annual parish dinner and dance. Most recently he served on the building committee for the New St. Patrick Church on Crane Road.

Joe's hobbies were many but he never lost his love for reading. As a young boy, he enjoyed the works of Zane Grey and graduated to J.K. Rowling, Stephen Hawking and was a voracious reader of science publications.

He had an avid interest in the how and why of the way things worked. This interest resulted in a myriad of items he would fix, although this pile grew faster than he could repair them. Many of his hobbies and interests he passed on to his children in varying degrees.

Joe loved his church, his family, his three favorite daughters-in-law, the faith-community of St. Patrick's parish and his many years singing in the church choir.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Rosemary of St. Charles; his children, Carla (Joe Giles) Leppert of Lake Bluff, JoAnn (Michael) Rooney of Palm Harbor, Fla., and their children, Michelle and Michael, Amy Shannon of Harbor Springs, Mich., and her children, Sayre, Brenna and Devin, Diane (Bill) Poss of Clovis, Calif., and their children, Jordan, Megan and Kailei, Jack (Chris O'Hara) Leppert of Bartlett, and their children, Dylan and Alex, Meg (Patrick) Vellone of Littleton, Colo., and their children, Nick, Marissa and Lucas, Jim (Andrea) Leppert of Glen Ellyn, and their children, Michael and Colin, Paul (Laura) Leppert of Parker, Colo., and their children, Caryn (Peter Lewis) and Rachel, Beth (Chris) Connely of Broomfield, Colo., and their children, Emma and John, and Jennifer (Keith) Baltus of Denver, and their child, Amari; cousins and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Joseph is preceded in death by his brother, Charles Leppert; and a son-in-law, Michael Shannon.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third Street (three blocks west of the river and one block south of Rt. 64) in St. Charles. A liturgical wake service will take place at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will begin with prayers at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, before proceeding to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 400 Cedar St. in St. Charles for Mass at 11 a.m. Rev. Moises Apostol celebrant. Interment will follow in Prairie Cemetery in St. Charles.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the , 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601, or St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles, IL 60175.

For additional information, please contact the Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles at 630-584-2000 or www.mossfuneral.com.

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Published in Kane County Chronicle on Apr. 24, 2014
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