Leonard Lodermeier 1923-2013
Leonard John Lodermeier, age 90 of Goodhue, MN died on Friday morning, September 27, 2013 at St. Brigid’s at Hi-Park in Red Wing.
Leonard was born on February 15, 1923 in Urbank, MN, the son of Martin and Christine (Hagemann) Lodermeier.
Growing up in Wisconsin and Minnesota, with an 8th grade education, Len found work in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Innovative, he became skilled as a welder, working in the Superior, WI shipyards. Also, he served as a Sergeant in WWII with the 211th Army Air Force Base Unit.
Marrying RoseMary Gadient April 12, 1947, he found roots in Goodhue starting his business with three of his brothers repairing cars, expanding to farm equipment. Lodermeier's Inc. now is in its second/third generation. He also enjoyed farming with his brothers and family.
Mainstay of the Goodhue community, he devoted countless hours through the fire department, city council, White Rock Bank Board, Meals on Wheels, Goodhue Historical Society, and SEMMCHRA.Leonard enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time at the cabin. He was very proud of his family and community.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 54 years, RoseMary on August 9, 2001; brothers, twins Ralph and Frank, Alphonse, Edwin, Norbert, and Jerome.
He is survived by seven children, Gary (Judy) of Cottage Grove, Jennifer (Bruce) Wilson of Livermore, CA, Richard (Roxanne) of Goodhue, Peggy (Kevin) O’Connor of Goodhue, John (Teresa) of Zumbrota, Donna (Randy) Lott of Lakeville, and Roger (Bonnie) of Cannon Falls; 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren brothers and sisters, Eugene (Hazel) of Balsam Lake, WI, Lorraine Utecht of Coon Rapids, Victor of Amery, WI, Clarice Lodermeier of Boynton Beach, FL and Leroy (Eileen) of Amery, WI; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeanne Lodermeier, Brona Lodermeier, Regina Morelan, Ray (Ruth) Gadient, Louis Ward, Agnes Gadient, Kay Gadient, Shirley Gadient, Neta Gadient and Berdell Gadient; and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Goodhue with Father Paul Kubista and Father Bruce Peterson con-celebrating. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Columbkill Catholic Cemetery, Belle Creek Township. Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be on Monday from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10-11 a.m., all at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Goodhue.
Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls. On-line condolences may be directed to www.lundbergfuneral.com.