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Leonard J. Olsufka

Leonard J. Olsufka, 80, of St. Paul, departed this life peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Ray Kosmicki and Tom Ryan will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Olsufka was born on May 4, 1929, on a farm near St. Paul, the son of Stanley and Belle (Roebuck) Olsufka. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie of St. Paul; two daughters, Mary Olszowka of Bellevue and Kathy Olsufka and Jim Shiers of Kearney; six sons and five daughters-in-law, Steve and Theresa Olsufka and Mike and Brenda Olsufka, all of St. Paul, John and Julie Olsufka of Grand Island, Dan and Lisa Olsufka of Jacksonville, NC, Paul and Barbara Olsufka of Marquette, and David Olsufka of Beatrice; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Rose Marie Brown of Massena, NY, Fran and Leo Buhrman of St. Paul, Betty Noller of Salina, KS and Loretta Rudolf of Hastings; and one brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Dianne Olsufka of New Carrollton, MD. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Leonard was baptized at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and attended District 21 rural school. At an early age he took over the family farming operation and later farmed in the Farwell area until his retirement. He was united in marriage to Rose Marie Zalewski on May 15, 1950, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Farwell. Through the years, he was a very active member of St. Anthony’s parish, serving as a parish council member, a lector, and a charter member of the men’s choir. He also was an accomplished carpenter, volunteering his skills to assist in the remodeling of both St. Anthony’s Church and School. Since his retirement and moving to St. Paul he was once again a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He was active in the community, serving on the Farwell School Board, Rural Fire Department and was a member of Farwell’s morning coffee club. He was also a lifelong member and past Grand Knight of Sts. Peter & Paul Knights of Columbus Council No. 1918. Leonard enjoyed being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also loved playing cards, reading western novels and watching western movies. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ellen Zalewski and Delores Wojtalewicz; two brothers, Raymond and Clifford Olsufka; and a great-granddaughter, Alizea Marie Olsufka. In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requests memorials be given to Sts. Peter & Paul New Parish Hall Fund, Mosaic of Beatrice, Knights of Columbus TV Mass Fund or the Catholic Radio Fund.


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Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you.May God be with each of you today and always. Leonard was a nice person so keep your faith and memories close to your heart as they are gifts from God. Love to all from the Nowaks,Dale Elaine Jeff, Brandon and Macey. Sarah,Whitney and Zachariah Nowak, Kimberly Rodney, Taylor and Jayson Symons of Colo

Elaine Nowak Sep 16 2009 12:00 AM

You'll never forget Leonard's face, the sound of his voice, the gentleness of his touch...they let you know you were loved. You'll never forget the stories he told, the traditions he handed down...they let you know who you are. You'll never forget the lessons he taught, the things he stood for...they are his gift and your legacy. You'll never forget, and you'll always know that you honor him every day in how you live and who you are.

Marta Mjeldheim Sep 16 2009 12:00 AM

I'm praying that the memories of your Father will lighten your sorrow while the endless love of God gives you peace.

Ellen Gilbert Sep 15 2009 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Olsufka family in the loss of their loved one.

Terry & Roberta Kucera Sep 15 2009 12:00 AM

Was saddended to hear that Leonard had passed away. Here, we will help David with handling his loss.

Wayne Sep 14 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Olsufka Family: I worked with Paul for many years here in Des Moines and he spoke many times of his dad and how he helped with projects he had as well as stories about growing up in the large Olsufka household. Leonard sounded like a man who always put family first and was fortunate enough to spend his final days surrounded by family and those who loved him the most. Our heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. May you treasure the wonderful memories you have of him. It sounds like heaven just gained an awesome new angel... Sheila and Bob Moen

Sheila and Bob Moen Sep 14 2009 12:00 AM

Rose Marie and family: Our deepest condolences with the passing of Leonard to your family. We wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God's healing be with you. God's prayers - Brad, Denise, Mikayla, and Brin Brauer

Denise Brauer Sep 14 2009 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and payers

Doug & Marti Fousek Sep 13 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Mike, Brenda and Family, You have our sympathy at the loss of your Dad and Grandpa. Reading his obituary, he must of been quite a man; a servant of our Lord Jesus, community and his family. Where it states he enjoyed his family and grandchildren and playing cards, reading western novels and watching westerns, I feel he and I(Bill), had much in common. Sincerely, Bill and Angie Wiese

Bill and Angie Wiese Sep 13 2009 12:00 AM