Rudolph, Leonard A.
Leonard A. Rudolph, Appleton, age 83, passed away peacefully at home on February 11, 2014, with his Wife and family at his side.
Leonard was born in Wabeno, WI in 1930 to the late Vivian (Al) and Florence (Garrity) Rudolph. He moved to Appleton when he was a teenager. Len graduated from Appleton (West) High School in 1948 and served his country as a Sergeant with the US Army Artillery in the Korean War. At the end of the war, he met his loving wife, Bernice Wildenberg, at the Cinderella Ballroom in Appleton. Bernice and Len were married in 1954. They celebrated 59 years together and raised eight children. They currently have 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, with another on the way.
Len lived the majority of his life in the heart of Mackville and was a near lifelong member of St Edwards's parish in Mackville. He worked 37 years at the Combined Locks Paper Mill where he enjoyed spending time with his coworkers in the boiler house.
Len loved to spend time with his family and friends, especially outdoors. He enjoyed fireside gatherings with his family, singing his favorite songs. He especially enjoyed fishing with his family, deer hunting with Moose (Ed Jansch) and golfing with Marv Abel and friends from the Mill. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and was frequently sighted at their Friday fish fries. Len loved his family very much and was surrounded by them at home. He also enjoyed spending his winters near his daughter, Sue, in Florida in a close community with his sister and brother-in-law Carol and Ken Felton.
Len was a survivor, having endured and beaten multiple cancers, heart surgeries, an aneurism and numerous other surgeries, of which he never complained. His humor and dignity were an inspiration to all of his children and we will forever be grateful for the wonderful memories and examples that he set for us. Dad will always be remembered for his sense of humor and sharing of song with his family. He was lovingly sent to God with the "Gift of Song." In paraphrasing the words of one of his favorite songs: "No cares have I to grieve me; I'm as happy as a lark, believe me; 'Cause now I'm rolling, rolling home."
Leonard Rudolph is survived by his wife and children: Bernice (Wildenberg) Rudolph; Patrick (Terry) Rudolph of Oshkosh; Jean (Greg) Reed; Sue (Vince) Leeman of Cape Coral, FL; Kathy (Dan) Reiland; Nancy Rudolph; Dennis (Tess) Rudolph of Neenah; Peter Rudolph (Clarice Kraft); and Mary (David) Greely. His grandchildren include: Jim Rudolph; David Rudolph; Eric Rudolph; Jessica (Josh) Phillips; Erin Reed (Doug Cooper), Ryan Reed, Kelsey Reed (Jay Allen); Michael (Jessica) Leeman; Andrew (Sara) Leeman; Tiffany Reiland (JJ Stevens); Brent (Shea) Reiland; Darren Reiland (Amber Kurey); Cory Reiland (Gretchen Ratajczak); Nicole Rudolph (Jeff Teigen); Luke Rudolph; Jacob Shoberg; Alicia Shoberg; Kari (Clint) Guyette, Peter Rudolph, Jr; Katrina Rudolph; Krystal Rudolph (Jasmine Johnson); Robyn Greely; Sarah Greely and Katelyn Greely. He is also survived by two sisters, Carol (Ken) Felton; Anita Look of Johnson City, NY; and numerous bothers/sisters-in-law: Betty Rudolph of Spokane, WA; Frances Rudolph of Columbus; Norman (Lucille) Wildenberg of Little Chute; Rozella Buss of Fond du Lac and Paul Raygor of Neenah. Len also leaves behind twelve great grand children and too many nieces and nephews to count.
Leonard was preceded in death by many brothers and sisters and in-laws, including: Don (Lil) Rudolph; Ken Rudolph; Bernice (Ray) Derrah; Les Rudolph; Wilbur Rudolph; John Rudolph; Harry Look; and Bernice's sisters Bernadine Wildenberg; Leonore Wildenberg and Eleanor Raygor.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Leonard will be 11:00 AM on Monday, February, 17, 2014 at ST EDWARD CATHOLIC CHURCH in Mackville, N2926 State Hwy 47, with Len's nephew, Fr. Dan Felton officiating and Fr. Justin Werner concelebrating. Family and friends will be received at Valley Funeral Home, on Sunday, February 16, from 3:00 until 7:00 PM, with a prayer service at 6:30 PM; visitation will resume on Monday at St Edward's from 10:00 AM until the hour of Mass. Military honors will follow the service at church.
The Rudolph family expresses thanks to the staff of Heartland Hospice, especially Jill, Elma, Karen and Jenny. The special attention Len received from you at the end of his life allowed him to leave this world in peace and with dignity. We also thank the numerous doctors who have helped Len throughout the years, especially, Dr. Robert Fox and Dr. Stephen Dernlan.
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, WI 54911
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2014