Leo Henry Elenz
April 8, 1932 ~ February 20, 2012
On Monday, February 20, 2012 we lost a husband, father, brother, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, son and friend in the passing of Leo Henry Elenz. Leo, age 79 of New Hampton passed away at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, IA. He was born to Lawrence and Marie Elenz, a farming family in Alta Vista Iowa on April 8, 1932; the second oldest of 13 children. What a hard life it was. Ask any of the nine remaining siblings, Theresa, Rita, Rosie, Maggie, Tillie, Mike, Katie, Alice and Larry. He left for the Korean War in 1952 and returned in 1955 to marry his bride and joy, Marilyn Cecilia Mishak some years later on May 1, 1957 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA. With this 55 year union of spirits came 6 children; Lori, Jeff, Tony, Lisa, Keith and Chris; and from these children 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren were born. A small town farm lad with so much potential, he was a farmer, carpenter, policeman, restaurant and barkeep, motel owner and most of all a story telling friend. Always willing to fight for what was right, teach what needed to be learned and instill values his kids maintain and pass on. Marilyn will face this life, never alone, with God, her children and friends like you by her side. Leo enjoyed fishing, hunting, storytelling, wood working, playing cards and flying his airplane. He was a member of Holy Family Parish ~ St. Joseph’s Center, the Knights of Columbus, Alta Vista VFW, New Hampton American Legion and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Leo is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn of New Hampton; his children, Lori (Red) Deutsch of Prescott Valley, Az, Jeff (Candace) Elenz of Waverly, IA, Tony (Nancy) Elenz of Eagan, MN, Lisa (Tim Peterson) Elenz of Boise, ID, Keith (Karla) Elenz of New Hampton, Chris (Nancy) Elenz of Kempner, TX; his sisters, Theresa Stremcha of New Hampton, Rita Cummings of Evansdale, IA, Rose Meirick of Jesup, IA, Margaret Faber of Algona, IA, Tillie Havlik of Elma, IA, Katie Schmit of New Hampton, Alice Kintzle of Waterloo; his brothers, Mike Elenz of Reno, NV and Larry Elenz of Waterloo and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Mary Ann Webb, Barbara Bormann and brother, John Elenz. Thank you for your prayers, support, friendship and understanding. ~The family of Leo H Elenz Cemetery: Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family. at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 6:00pm scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. at Holy Family Parish ~ St. Joseph’s center in New Hampton with Fr. Mark Osterhaus celebrating. Military rites provided by New Hampton American Legion Post # 38, New Hampton VFW Post #5238 and the Alta Vista VFW Post # 4069.