Somers – Leon R. Falkner, 70, passed away unexpectedly in the Emergency Room of Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.
Leon was born in Racine on March 5, 1939, to the late Raymond and Genevieve (nee: Czajkowski) Falkner. He graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1957. Leon served our country with the United States Army from 1962-1964.
On June 14, 1974, in St. Peter Catholic Church, he was united in marriage with Mary Lou (nee: Walsh). Leon was employed as a machinist by Twin Disc until his retirement in 1995.
With a profound faith in God, Leon was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Twin Disc 20 Year Club and the Racine Reel and Rifle Club. As a true outdoors enthusiast, Leon enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He was a gifted chef who had a great passion for creating authentic meals to share with his entire family – a trademark he will always be remembered for. Nothing brought greater joy to Leon than spending time with his granddaughters – especially at their school functions and sporting events.
Surviving are his broken-hearted wife, Mary Lou; daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Steve Krekling; granddaughters, Lindsey and Laurin Krekling; nephews, Bill (Helene), Craig (Char) and Eugene Falkner; mother-in-law, Pauline Walsh; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Harry) Garnette and Paula Bodnar; brother-in-law, William (Patricia) Walsh; many other dear nieces, nephews, relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.
In addition to his parents, Leon was preceded in death by his brother, Charles (Rosemarie) Falkner; and father-in-law, Jerome Walsh.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter Catholic Church, 2224 – 30th Ave. in Kenosha, with Fr. Ireneusz Chodakowski, MIC officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday evening, October 9, from 5 – 8 p.m. with a Prayer Vigil at 7:30 p.m.; and in St. Peter’s Church on Saturday from 9-10 a.m. In memory of Leon, memorials to “HOPE Safehouse” or to “L.E.A.R.N. – Labrador Education and Rescue Network” have been suggested.
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine 262-552-9000