Leonard “Len” A. Steffl
NEW ULM — Leonard “Len” A. Steffl, age 82 of New Ulm died peacefully on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 am on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New UIm. Father Bruno Santiago will celebrate the Mass, and burial will follow in the Soldiers Rest Section of the New Ulm City Cemetery where full military honors will be provided by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Tuesday and 9-10 am on Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-SOUT H CHAPEL in New Ulm.
To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org
Len is survived by his wife, Janet Steffl of New Ulm; daughters, Julie (Jim) Wegleitner of Braham, Peggy Steffl of St. Paul; son, Daniel Steffl of Columbia Heights; grandson, Sam Wegleitner of Braham; and his brother-in-law, Willard Forster of Shakopee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, David Steffl; and sister, Daria Forster.
Leonard A. Steffl was born June 9, 1935 in Clements, Minnesota to Andrew and Tillie (Heiling) Steffl. He was a 1953 graduate from Morgan High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. On October 3, 1961, Leonard was united in marriage to Janet Guggisberg at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. The couple was blessed with three children whom together they raised in Clements, and New Ulm. Len later moved his family to Osakis where he owned and operated the Osakis Bowling Lanes, “Lakeview Lanes” for 21 years. While in Osakis, Len served 20 years on the Fire Department, and also ran a business from his home sharpening blades in the summers. Len and Janet later moved to Searles, and eventually back into New Ulm where he lived the rest of his life. For enjoyment, Len loved woodworking, playing cribbage, golfing, bowling, gardening, reading, and travelling. Many wonderful memories and friends were made in his retirement while wintering for 14 years in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Also in his retirement, Len drove bus for Sleepy Eye Bus Lines, and worked at both Bic and Beacon Promotions. Len was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and also was an active volunteer throughout the community with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Adopt a Highway, and the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce. Besides his work, his hobbies, and his community involvement, what brought Len the greatest Joy in life was simply spending time with his family. Memories of the good times with Len will be cherished forever by all who knew and loved him. Blessed be his memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.