Leo Norbert Bromenschenkel

MANKATO — Leo Norbert Bromenschenkel, age 85, of Elysian died Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Mankato.

A Private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Elysian. A public visitation will be held from 2 – 5 p.m., Sunday at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Burial will be held at Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud, on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Loyola Catholic Schools in Mankato or St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. Service will be livestreamed at www.mankatomortuary.com

Leo was born November 5, 1935, to Alfred and Loretta (Feddema) Bromenschenkel in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He taught school in Pine Island, Delevan, Winnebago, and Blue Earth public schools. Leo was united in marriage to Gail Brandel Huiras on June 11, 1988, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye. Leo spoke fluent German and was an escort for travelers from Germany in the United States and accompanied students and travelers to Europe. He later became a proofreader at BIC Graphic in Sleepy Eye for 20 years.

Leo was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Elysian. He enjoyed sailing, drawing (especially rural scenes), translating (especially old German script), restoring period homes, and classic cars.

Leo is survived by his wife Gail; sons, Adam (Heather) Huiras, Michael (Jennifer Saete) Huiras, John (Tracie) Huiras, and Paul (Elizabeth) Huiras; daughter-in-law, Stacey Huiras; grandchildren, Alexandra, Logan, Sophie, Benjamin, Isabel, Charlotte, Kate, Madison, Adriana, and Allette; brothers, Gilbert (Doris) Bromenschenkel and James Bromenschenkel; sisters, Rita Rassier, Jean Heltemes, and Phyllis (Lowell) Thielmann; and many nieces and nephews.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph Huiras; brothers, Roger, Kenneth, and Victor; sisters, Edwina and Betty.