Fr. Leonard Jenniges

WANDA – Father Leonard John Jenniges, age 91, of Wanda, died on July 28, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Service will be held at the St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso, MN on Saturday, August 2, at 10 a.m.

Interment will be at the St. Mathias Catholic Cemetery in Wanda, MN.

Visitation will be on Friday, August 1, from 4-8 p.m. at the St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda, MN and will continue on Saturday from 9-10 a.m. at the St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso, MN. There will be a Parish Prayer Service and Rosary on Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda.

A luncheon and reception will be held on Saturday following the burial at the Wanda American Legion Hall in Wanda, MN.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN.

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Father Leonard John Jenniges was born on March 1, 1923, in Waterbury Township, Redwood County, the son of John J. and Caroline (Aufderheide) Jenniges. He attended grade school in Wanda and three years at Lamberton High School. He went on to Nazareth Hall Seminary and St. Paul Seminary and was ordained on June 5, 1948, at St. Paul Cathedral. He was assigned to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Father Leonard returned to Nazareth Hall as a teacher for 18 years where he taught German, Greek, and Latin among other duties. He was assigned to St. John the Baptist Church in Savage, MN for 17 1/2 years, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in LeCenter, MN for 9 years and returned to Wanda in 1993. As a young man, Leonard played baseball for the Wanda team and became a member of the Knights of Columbus in 1943. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, gardening, reading, and watching sports – especially high school and college.

Father Leonard is survived by his sisters, Bertha Altermatt of Wanda, Elaine Rohlik of Wanda, and Jean Deutsch of Ellsworth, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vincent, Clair, Austin, Valentine, Wilfred, and baby John in infancy; and a sister, Gertrude Jenniges.

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