Leonard Ivan Zalesky, 85, of Shueyville, passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospice Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church with Father Dennis Juhl presiding. Burial followed at the Shueyville Cemetery.
Leonard was born Aug. 10, 1928, in rural Swisher, the son of Joseph and Hattie (Bys) Zalesky. Leonard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married the love of his life, Doris McDonnell on June 11, 1957 in Coggon. He worked for many years as a plumber for Swisher Plumbing.
He was a longtime member of St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, mushrooming, gardening, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, attending sporting events and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Leonard is survived by his children Cathy (John) Birch of Olathe, Kan., Lennie (Maria) Zalesky of Riverside, Calif., Jim (Teri) Zalesky of Corvallis, Ore., Larry (Laura) Zalesky of Cedar Rapids, Theresa (Jay) Koehn and Chris (Jim) Heick all of Solon, and Diane (Kevin) Berns of North Liberty; 20 grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many good friends and neighbors, especially Wes, Michele and Anne Cerveny who he considered family.
Leonard was preceded in death by his loving wife Doris, granddaughter, Alison Birch, his brother, Joe Zalesky and his sister, Leona Edwards.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family in Leonard’s name.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Luke’s Hospice who took such loving care of Leonard.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com .