Leo C. Voelker, age 90, of Winona, Minn., died on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at Sauer Health Care.
Leo was born on January 14, 1922, in Winona, Minn., to John C. and Elizabeth M. (Meyer) Voelker. He was united in marriage with Rosemary Grochowskion September 17, 1949, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church; she preceded him in death on July 23, 2005.
During WW II, Leo honorably served his country with the United States Navy on the USS Thorn in the North Atlantic and South Pacific, where the ship was the recipient of seven Battle Stars.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and also of the Minnesota Retired Employees. Leo had been employed as a boiler operator and in maintenance at Archer Daniels, Northern States Power (Xcel), and Winona State University. Leo was very generous and will be remembered for his bountiful garden in Gilmore Valley.
Leo loved hockey, playing on many teams during his youth. He can be found in many of the team pictures from early Winona hockey teams. Later in life his passion extended to watching college or professional games whenever he could. He especially enjoyed his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.
Leo is survived by his son, Mark (Mona) Voelker, Plymouth, Minn., daughter, Mary (Paul) Wildenborg, Winona, Minn., daughter-in-law, Lynne Voelker, Fort Ripley, Minn., grandchildren, Emily Voelker, James Voelker, Adam Voelker, Kate Voelker, Paul Voelker, Bradley Wildenborg and Allison Wildenborg; nieces and nephews; as well as other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife; son, John; and all of his brothers and sisters, George, Jerome “Pat”, James, Alfred, Joseph and Robert, Kathryn, Ruth, Phyllis and Evelyn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Reverend James Berning will officiate.
Leo will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, on Monday, August 13, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Commons, on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Leo’s grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Winona Food Shelf or to St. Mary’s Cemetery Association.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Leo’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com
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