Leonard Charles Neubauer, age 100, passed away on April 27, 2023 at Central Healthcare in LeCenter. He was formerly of New Prague. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11am on Tuesday May 2, 2023 with visitation beginning at 9am. Everything will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 313 2nd St. E. Jordan MN. Leonard will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of rural Jordan.
Leonard was born on June 20, 1922 to William and Anna (Bruzek) Neubauer in New Prague, MN. He attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in New Prague and went on to graduate from New Prague High School. From a young age working hard was a part of his life. He had a paper route and cut grass for people. He also was an Altar Boy and served Mass for most daily masses. For entertainment his friends and he would go to the movie theater in New Prague on Saturday afternoons. During the summer they would go fishing and, in the winter, they would go sledding. After High School he started working at International Multi Foods (the mill) in New Prague.
Leonard was proud to have served his Country during WWII. He was drafted to the US Army on March 3, 1943 and served in combat until the war was over. He survived D-Day in Normandy, France and traveled many miles around France and Germany fighting for his life and the freedom of America. He earned three battle Stars while in Combat. They were for the Battle of the Bulge, the Battle of the Rhine and the Battle of Trier University.
When the war was over, he went back home to New Prague. He had met his future wife, Margaret VonBank before the war and they kept up exchanging letters during the war. They were married on May 18, 1946 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jordan. A few years after they were married, they moved to Minneapolis, and he got a job at the Federal Reserve Bank. They had one daughter, Bridget. The family went on many car trips. Once there were grandchildren, he would take many of them to different places also. He enjoyed spending time with his 10 grandchildren and was proud to know all 23 of his great grandchildren. He loved to tell stories. He also liked helping his in-laws on their farm and also helping on his daughter’s family farm.
Leonard is survived by his daughter Bridget (Ray) Pieper of New Prague; grandchildren, Tim (Crystal) Pieper of New Prague, Maizie (Tony) Scheffler of Zumbrota, Chrissy (Mark) Duhme of Montgomery, Beth (Jamie) Tews of Winona, Brian (Emily) Pieper of New Prague, Nick (Megan) Pieper of New Prague, Dan Pieper of Lonsdale, Tracy (David) Cemensky of LeCenter, Maria (Max) Prange) of New Prague and Emily (Chad) Olson of Lonsdale, 23 great-grandchildren, and other loving relatives and friends.
He is greeted in Heaven by his wife of 72 years, Margaret; and parents, William and Anna Neubauer.
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Deborah Marie Pauly
My sincerest condolences to Ray and Bridget and your whole family. How blessed you were to have such a great example for 100 years. In my prayers and thoughts, Deb