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Leon Schlesinger

Published: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 2:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 4:06 p.m. CDT

MENDOTA — Leon “Lefty” Schlesinger, 76, of Mendota and Okeechobe, Fla., died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at his home.

He was born Nov. 11, 1936, in Harris Hospital, Mendota, to Marvin and Vera (Bieser) Schlesinger. He married Marlene Ehlers on July 3, 1955, in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Clarion Township.

Leon started his school days at the Schlesinger Country School in Welland. He graduated from Mendota High School in 1954 and took a job at the Mendota Farmers Co-op. Soon after, he began a successful farming career in the LaMoille area that spanned five decades. Leon served on the Van Orin Co-op Board, Clarion Church Council and Clarion Church Cemetery Board, and served as a trustee for LaMoille Township and a leader for the Clarion Comets 4-H. He drove a school bus for many years for the LaMoille Community School District.

Leon retired to homes in Mendota and Lake Okeechobee, Fla. His hobbies included fishing and playing cards and he avidly followed his Chicago Cubs and Bears.

Survivors include his mother, Vera Schlesinger of Mendota; one brother, Elwood (Ruth) Schlesinger of Grand Blanc, Mich.; three children, Kim (Lynn) Schlesinger of LaMoille, Jane (Glenn) Faber of LaMoille and Gaye (Arlen) Molln of Rockford; four grandchildren, Jenica (Brad) Cole of Peoria, Cole Faber of LaMoille, Carla Schlesinger of LaMoille and Taylor Molln of Rockford; and two great-granddaughters, Grace Schlesinger and Hadley Cole.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Schlesinger; his wife, Marlene (Ehlers) Schlesinger; one sister, Marilyn Payne; and one grandson, Trevor Schlesinger.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Lutheran Church of LaMoille.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota.

Memorials may be directed to Clarion Lutheran Church, Mendota Lutheran Home and Mendota Fire Department.

Online condolences may be directed to www.merrittfh.com.

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