Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 31, 2013

Leonard P. Waclawski

SOUTH BOARDMAN — Leonard P. Waclawski, 71, of South Boardman, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at home. He was born on March 18, 1942, in Detroit, the son of the late Leonard B. and Anna (Nadolski) Waclawski.

He was the loving husband of Diane; devoted father of Phillip P., of Mesa, Ariz., Douglas J. (Michelle), of Homer, Alaska, Randy L. (Patty Hickman), of Traverse City, Robbie J. (Jodi), of Clio, Rebecca J. Curtis, of Fort Collins, Colo., Keith L., of Traverse City, Aaron J., of Kalkaska, Melissa A. (Alan) Butterfield, of Culpeper, Va., Keri L. (Charles) Plumbley, of Midland, and Joshua M., of Panama City Beach, Fla.; beloved grandfather of Aurora, Jenna, Denver, Ethan, Amber, Lauren, Kendall and Luke; and cherished brother of Grace Plesha, of Cedar, and Thomas (Marge) Waclawski, of Traverse City.

Leonard’s calling was to teach, and that he did for 36 years before retiring. For 32 years he taught at the Kalkaska Elementary School. Leonard loved teaching and enjoyed children.

As a young man he served as an alter server at Holy Rosary in Cedar, and Lector and a Eucharistic Minister at both St. Mary of the Woods and St. Aloysius.

Leonard married Diane M. Elsenheimer on June 27, 1964, in Traverse City.

He was a member of St. Aloysious and the Knights of Columbus.

Leonard could always make you laugh and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Preceding Leonard in death were his infant daughter, Laura; sister, Terry Thomas; and brothers-in-law, Steve Plesha, Art Elsenheimer and Gerald Elsenheimer.

A memorial Mass will be on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m., at St. Aloysious, with the Reverend Norman Dickson officiating. Burial will be in St. Aloysious Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns Monastery, 3501 Silver Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684 or the Father Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings, Traverse City, MI 49686.

Condolences can be left online at

Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours.

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