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Alexander F. Lesko


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Alexander F. Lesko

Waterford - LESKO, ALEXANDER F. of Waterford; born October 6, 1927 to Joseph and Mary Lesko, farming immigrants from Austria, Hungary; passed away May 7, 2018 at the age of 90.

He was the fifth child, preceded in death by his brothers Paul, Joseph, Albert and sister Olga; Raised in Homestead, Pennsylvania and labored in the steel mills during his high school years (World War II), and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. He studied Mechanical Engineering and played football on the great undefeated Notre Dame teams of the forties and had a professional football career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and McKeesport Ironmen, cut short by a severe knee injury. He spent a lifetime contributing to the development of steel producing equipment; the electric heating industry; aerospace solid rocket guidance, and high temperature materials; automotive sales of braking and steering devices; bumpers and stampings; culminating in work with the Ford Motor Company on car safety and crash protection; Received a patent for the design of an energy absorbing device used in Ford vans. Along the way, he served as a high school and college football official; Commissioned Officer in the United States Naval Ready Reserve; Secretary-Treasurer of the National Notre Dame Monogram Club; President of the Church Council of the Shrine of the Little Flower; and President of the Notre Dame Class of 1949.

He considered the most rewarding and satisfying accomplishment to be his marriage to his wife, Ann, who preceded him in death on September 8, 2017, and the legacy of the five children produced and raised, and loved, in this family. In turn, Joan ((Don) Dillon, Carol Lesko Jordon, Dr. John (Elaine) Lesko, Alan (Sandy) Lesko and Janet Koch, and the fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren that they in turn produced. Most of his life was deeply rooted in his Faith. He was a loyal member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Coldwater, Michigan; St. Justin Martyr Church in Key Largo, Florida, and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. For a number of special occasions some poetry was created. His parting request: "And when I'm gone, I ask of thee - Just pray a rosary for me".

The Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, 134 Airport Road, Waterford. Celebrant Father Jack H. Baker. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, and at the Church on Thursday 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press from May 11 to May 13, 2018
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